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Age Moderates the Relationship between Social Support and Psychosocial Problems
Unformatted Document Text:  Age Moderates 10 adults, family social support being less valuable to young adults, and perhaps partner/spouse social support becoming increasingly important over the life span. Consequently, it was predicted that: H1: Age will moderate the association between social support (from family, friends, and partner/spouse) and psychosocial problems. Amount of contact with family and friends was also assessed in this investigation, as this is a variable that reliably declines with age. However, contact with the social network and support received from the network are distinct variables. Therefore, the effect of network contact on psychological well-being is less clear, leading to the following research question: RQ1: Will age moderate the relationship between social network contact and psychosocial problems? Finally, relationship standards are expected to vary over the life span such that older participants are expected to evidence more realistic standards (i.e., lower perceived necessity of a partner for life satisfaction) that may protect them from the experience of loneliness and depression. Because these standards may function differently over the life span, the following hypothesis and research question were posed: H2: Age will be negatively associated with relationships standards. RQ2: Does age moderate the association between relationship standards and psychosocial problems? Method Participants

Authors: Segrin, Chris.
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Age Moderates
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adults, family social support being less valuable to young adults, and perhaps
partner/spouse social support becoming increasingly important over the life span.
Consequently, it was predicted that:
H1: Age will moderate the association between social support (from family, friends,
and partner/spouse) and psychosocial problems.
Amount of contact with family and friends was also assessed in this investigation, as this is
a variable that reliably declines with age. However, contact with the social network and
support received from the network are distinct variables. Therefore, the effect of network
contact on psychological well-being is less clear, leading to the following research
question:
RQ1: Will age moderate the relationship between social network contact and
psychosocial problems?
Finally, relationship standards are expected to vary over the life span such that older
participants are expected to evidence more realistic standards (i.e., lower perceived
necessity of a partner for life satisfaction) that may protect them from the experience of
loneliness and depression. Because these standards may function differently over the life
span, the following hypothesis and research question were posed:
H2: Age will be negatively associated with relationships standards.
RQ2: Does age moderate the association between relationship standards and
psychosocial problems?
Method
Participants


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