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Call for papers: Conference on Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences, Oct 21-22, 2016, CU-Boulder

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Monday, Feb 1 at noon, 6050 ISR-Thompson
Sarah Miller

Social Relations, Aging and Health: Competing Theories and Emerging Complexities

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Toni Antonucci, Kira S. Birditt, Kristine J. Ajrouch, Richard D. Gonzalez, Mick P. Couper, Noah J. Webster

This research study addresses two questions. How do social relationships and social support change with age? And when are social relationships most beneficial or harmful to health? To do this we examine three waves of the Social Relations, Age and Health study spanning more than 20 years, analyzing detailed changes in social relations using both monthly assessments and multiple informants.

Specifically, this study (1) tests competing theories about age, social relations and health; (2) specifies the direction and shape of change in social relations over time; (3) tests the relative strength of the three hypothesized mechanisms of social contagion: induction, homophily, and shared environmental factors; and (4) examines competing exchange theories, e.g. altruism, developmental stake, support bank, well as their association with health disparities.

Study findings will impact scholarship by identifying how social relations change with age; the links between social relations and health; and how specific characteristics of social relations – cross-sectionally and longitudinally – influence the stress-health link and social disparities. We also hope to impact public policy with attention to social relations intervention programs that reduce long-term risk and increase protective factors.

Funding Period: 09/01/2013 to 05/31/2018

Country of Focus: USA

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