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Age Moderates the Relationship between Social Support and Psychosocial Problems
Unformatted Document Text:  Age Moderates 19 Research question two asked if age moderates the association between relationship standards and psychosocial problems. To determine whether the association between these relationship standards and psychosocial problems is moderated by age, a series of regression analyses were conducted, similar to those for social support and social network contact. However, in these cases, the partner relationship standard and the singlehood relationship standard variables served as predictors, along with age and the age by relationship standards interactions. The first set of analyses focused on the partner standard (belief in, and favorable predisposition toward, the importance of a close partner for life satisfaction). Results of these analyses, as displayed in Table 6 reveal that endorsement of the relationship standard was unrelated to either depression or loneliness. There was no age by partner relationship standard interaction for predicting symptoms of depression, = -.06, ns, but age was a moderator of the association between the partner relationship standard and feelings of loneliness, = -.12, p < .05. The decomposition of this interaction effect, illustrated in Figure 4 shows that endorsement of the partner relationship standard was most strongly and positively associated with loneliness at a younger age in the life span, = .16, p = .05, followed by the middle age, = .05, ns, and finally older age, = -.05, ns. In summary, the belief that a partner is vital for life satisfaction and meaning appears to predispose younger people to loneliness to a greater extent that it does for older people. Under conditions of older age, endorsement of this relationship standard was largely unrelated to loneliness. The final pair of analyses explored the singlehood relationship standard (a positive attitude toward singlehood, and belief that partners restrict personal autonomy) and psychosocial problems. As with the partner standard, endorsement of this standard was not

Authors: Segrin, Chris.
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Age Moderates
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Research question two asked if age moderates the association between relationship
standards and psychosocial problems. To determine whether the association between these
relationship standards and psychosocial problems is moderated by age, a series of
regression analyses were conducted, similar to those for social support and social network
contact. However, in these cases, the partner relationship standard and the singlehood
relationship standard variables served as predictors, along with age and the age by
relationship standards interactions. The first set of analyses focused on the partner
standard (belief in, and favorable predisposition toward, the importance of a close partner
for life satisfaction). Results of these analyses, as displayed in Table 6 reveal that
endorsement of the relationship standard was unrelated to either depression or loneliness.
There was no age by partner relationship standard interaction for predicting symptoms of
depression, = -.06, ns, but age was a moderator of the association between the partner
relationship standard and feelings of loneliness, = -.12, p < .05. The decomposition of
this interaction effect, illustrated in Figure 4 shows that endorsement of the partner
relationship standard was most strongly and positively associated with loneliness at a
younger age in the life span,
= .16, p = .05, followed by the middle age, = .05, ns, and
finally older age,
= -.05, ns. In summary, the belief that a partner is vital for life
satisfaction and meaning appears to predispose younger people to loneliness to a greater
extent that it does for older people. Under conditions of older age, endorsement of this
relationship standard was largely unrelated to loneliness.
The final pair of analyses explored the singlehood relationship standard (a positive
attitude toward singlehood, and belief that partners restrict personal autonomy) and
psychosocial problems. As with the partner standard, endorsement of this standard was not


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