Providing social support may be more beneficial than receiving it: results from a prospective study of mortality.

@article{Brown2003ProvidingSS,
  title={Providing social support may be more beneficial than receiving it: results from a prospective study of mortality.},
  author={Stephanie L Brown and Randolph M. Nesse and Amiram D. Vinokur and Diana M. Smith},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2003},
  volume={14 4},
  pages={
          320-7
        }
}
This study examines the relative contributions of giving versus receiving support to longevity in a sample of older married adults. Baseline indicators of giving and receiving support were used to predict mortality status over a 5-year period in the Changing Lives of Older Couples sample. Results from logistic regression analyses indicated that mortality was significantly reduced for individuals who reported providing instrumental support to friends, relatives, and neighbors, and individuals… CONTINUE READING

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