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Australian research on ageing and social support

Australasian Journal on Ageing

Author: Kendig, H., Brooke, L.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1997


This paper draws on primary publications in Australian gerontology to review knowledge on ageing and support. While there is a well-established literature on family care, social networks studies of the 1980s provided more comprehensive views of expressive and instrumental support across a range of relationships. Notwithstanding strereotypes tot he contrary, older people contribute as well as receive support. A new generation of qualitative, interpretative studies are reporting on the meanings and processes of social support as experienced by the older people themselves. Policy-related studies examine social supoprt as a cornerstone for community services and epidemiological investigations eaxmines social influence on health and well-being. The field could be advanced considerably by longitudinal studies and qualitative enquiries exploring the diversity of older people in a variety of social settings.

Further Details

Publish Dates: November 1997
Full Title: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Pages: 127-130
Volume: 16
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 13.5.03
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.1997.tb01072.x
Keywords: Australiaolderhealth improvementpolicy compliance
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