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Age Moderates the Relationship between Social Support and Psychosocial Problems
Unformatted Document Text:  Age Moderates 17 these participants using their perceived partner social support as a predictor variable, along with age, and the age by partner social support interaction. Results of these analyses appear in Table 3. As with social support from family or friends, it is evident that feeling support from the spouse or romantic partner is negatively associated with both depression, = -.40, p < .001, and loneliness, = -.25, p < .001. Age did not moderate the relationship between partner social support and loneliness, but it was a significant moderator of the association between partner social support and depression, = .16, p < .01. Decomposition of this interaction effect indicated that the association between perceived social support from the partner and symptoms of depression was most powerful for the younger participants, = - .56, p < .001, followed by the middle aged, = -.40, p < .001, and weakest for the older participants, = -.22, p < .01. An illustration of these regression slopes appears in Figure 2. Once again, the psychosocial well being of younger participants appears more strongly yoked to their perception of social support from a spouse or romantic partner, whereas the well being of older participants does not appear to be as dependent upon social support from their partners. Social Network Contact and Psychosocial Problems The previous regression analyses examined the relationships between perceptions of social support quality and psychosocial problems. A parallel set of regression analyses was conducted to determine the relationship between the extent of contact with family members or friends and participants’ psychosocial problems, as addressed in RQ1. The first set of analyses concentrated on contact with family members as a predictor, again with depression and loneliness as dependent variables. Results of these analyses appear in Table 4, and indicate that the amount of contact with family members was negatively related to both

Authors: Segrin, Chris.
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these participants using their perceived partner social support as a predictor variable, along
with age, and the age by partner social support interaction. Results of these analyses appear
in Table 3. As with social support from family or friends, it is evident that feeling support
from the spouse or romantic partner is negatively associated with both depression, = -.40,
p < .001, and loneliness, = -.25, p < .001. Age did not moderate the relationship between
partner social support and loneliness, but it was a significant moderator of the association
between partner social support and depression, = .16, p < .01. Decomposition of this
interaction effect indicated that the association between perceived social support from the
partner and symptoms of depression was most powerful for the younger participants, = -
.56, p < .001, followed by the middle aged, = -.40, p < .001, and weakest for the older
participants, = -.22, p < .01. An illustration of these regression slopes appears in Figure 2.
Once again, the psychosocial well being of younger participants appears more strongly
yoked to their perception of social support from a spouse or romantic partner, whereas the
well being of older participants does not appear to be as dependent upon social support
from their partners.
Social Network Contact and Psychosocial Problems
The previous regression analyses examined the relationships between perceptions of
social support quality and psychosocial problems. A parallel set of regression analyses was
conducted to determine the relationship between the extent of contact with family members
or friends and participants’ psychosocial problems, as addressed in RQ1. The first set of
analyses concentrated on contact with family members as a predictor, again with depression
and loneliness as dependent variables. Results of these analyses appear in Table 4, and
indicate that the amount of contact with family members was negatively related to both


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