Social networks and use of social supports of minority elders in East Harlem

Cleak, Helen & Howe, Judith L. (2004) Social networks and use of social supports of minority elders in East Harlem. Social Work in Health Care, 38(1), pp. 19-38.

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Considerable empirical research substantiates the importance of social networks on health and well-being in later life. A study of ethnic minority elders living in two low income public housing buildings in East Harlem was undertaken to gain an understanding of the relationship between their health status and social networks. Findings demonstrate that elders with supportive housing had better psychological outcomes and used significantly more informal supports when in need. However, elders with serious health problems had poorer outcomes regardless of their level of social support. This study highlights the potential of supportive living environments to foster social integration and to optimise formal and informal networks.

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ID Code: 95523
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: housing, minority elders, Elderly, health status, social support, social networks, informal assistance, STRESS, SOCIAL WORK, HEALTH, TIES, Minority Groups, article, Hispanic Americans - psychology, Hispanic Americans - statistics & numerical data, African Americans - psychology, African Americans - statistics & numerical data, Social integration, Low income groups, Minority & ethnic groups, Public housing, Social services
DOI: 10.1300/J010v38n01_02
ISSN: 0098-1389
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 The Haworth Press, Inc.
Deposited On: 12 May 2016 23:25
Last Modified: 13 May 2016 00:14

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