Social network changes and life events across the life span: a meta-analysis.

  title={Social network changes and life events across the life span: a meta-analysis.},
  author={Cornelia Wrzus and Martha H{\"a}nel and Jenny Wagner and Franz J. Neyer},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={139 1},
For researchers and practitioners interested in social relationships, the question remains as to how large social networks typically are, and how their size and composition change across adulthood. On the basis of predictions of socioemotional selectivity theory and social convoy theory, we conducted a meta-analysis on age-related social network changes and the effects of life events on social networks using 277 studies with 177,635 participants from adolescence to old age. Cross-sectional as… 

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