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Sense of coherence and social support - Resources for subjective well-being and health of the aged in Finland

Elovainio, M; Kivimäki, M; (2000) Sense of coherence and social support - Resources for subjective well-being and health of the aged in Finland. International Journal of Social Welfare , 9 (2) pp. 128-135. 10.1111/1468-2397.00118.

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Abstract

In this study we explored if the psychological and social resources of aged people (over 75 years) in Finland predict their subjective well-being and experienced state of health (n = 348). Data were taken from a larger Finnish survey on living conditions. Based on previous research on younger people we formed a model where morbidity, experienced quality of social support and sense of coherence together with economic resources are the predictors of both experienced state of health and subjective well-being. LISREL (8) path analysis was used to test the model. The model providing the most parsimonious explanation of the data suggested that a strong sense of coherence and high experienced quality of social relationships are strongly related to subjective well-being. Experienced state of health was associated with morbidity and subjective well-being, but there was no significant relationship between subjective well-being and morbidity.

Type: Article
Title: Sense of coherence and social support - Resources for subjective well-being and health of the aged in Finland
DOI: 10.1111/1468-2397.00118
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1430196
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