Social support from friends and psychological distress among elderly persons: moderator effects of age.

@article{Matt1993SocialSF,
  title={Social support from friends and psychological distress among elderly persons: moderator effects of age.},
  author={Georg E. Matt and Anne Dean},
  journal={Journal of health and social behavior},
  year={1993},
  volume={34 3},
  pages={187-200}
}
In this study, the relationships among age, sex, friend support, and psychological distress are examined among elderly persons. Structural equation modeling and a longitudinal design are used to examine direct, indirect, and moderator (interaction) effects over a 22-month interval. Findings suggest that different causal processes operate among persons over the age of 70 (old-old) and those 50 to 70 years (young-old); the cross-lagged effects of friend support on distress and of distress on… CONTINUE READING