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Age Moderates the Relationship between Social Support and Psychosocial Problems
Unformatted Document Text:  Age Moderates 20 significantly related to either depression or loneliness, as evident from the standardized regression coefficients displayed in Table 7. Also similar to the partner standard, the relationship between the singlehood standard and depression was not moderated by age. However, age moderated the relationship between endorsement of the singlehood standard and loneliness. Decomposition of this interaction effect, plotted in Figure 5, shows that a positive attitude toward singlehood was most strongly and negatively associated with loneliness under conditions of younger age, = -.23, p < .01, followed by middle age, = - .10, ns, and finally older age, = .04, ns. Once again, valuing singlehood was unrelated to loneliness for older participants, whereas this relationship standard was negatively associated with loneliness for the younger participants. Discussion This investigation was designed to examine the way in which age moderates the association between perceived social support and the experience of psychosocial problems. Consistent with past findings, social support and contact with social network members appeared to have beneficial effects for all participants, as evidenced through reduced symptoms of depression and loneliness. However, there were numerous instances in which the association between social support and psychosocial problems was moderated by age. The patterns of moderation consistently indicated that social support was most strongly, and negatively, associated with depression and loneliness at early ages in the life span. Counter to prediction, there was no association between age and partner relationship standards. However, the belief that a partner is necessary for life satisfaction was most strongly associated with loneliness at a younger age in the life span. Differential Effects of Social Support over the Life Span

Authors: Segrin, Chris.
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Age Moderates
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significantly related to either depression or loneliness, as evident from the standardized
regression coefficients displayed in Table 7. Also similar to the partner standard, the
relationship between the singlehood standard and depression was not moderated by age.
However, age moderated the relationship between endorsement of the singlehood standard
and loneliness. Decomposition of this interaction effect, plotted in Figure 5, shows that a
positive attitude toward singlehood was most strongly and negatively associated with
loneliness under conditions of younger age, = -.23, p < .01, followed by middle age, = -
.10, ns, and finally older age, = .04, ns. Once again, valuing singlehood was unrelated to
loneliness for older participants, whereas this relationship standard was negatively
associated with loneliness for the younger participants.
Discussion
This investigation was designed to examine the way in which age moderates the
association between perceived social support and the experience of psychosocial problems.
Consistent with past findings, social support and contact with social network members
appeared to have beneficial effects for all participants, as evidenced through reduced
symptoms of depression and loneliness. However, there were numerous instances in which
the association between social support and psychosocial problems was moderated by age.
The patterns of moderation consistently indicated that social support was most strongly, and
negatively, associated with depression and loneliness at early ages in the life span. Counter
to prediction, there was no association between age and partner relationship standards.
However, the belief that a partner is necessary for life satisfaction was most strongly
associated with loneliness at a younger age in the life span.
Differential Effects of Social Support over the Life Span


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