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Stress and wellbeing during chronic illness and partner death in later-life: the role of social support

Karantzas, Gery C and Gillath, Omri 2017, Stress and wellbeing during chronic illness and partner death in later-life: the role of social support, Current opinion in psychology, vol. 13, pp. 75-80, doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.05.009.

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Title Stress and wellbeing during chronic illness and partner death in later-life: the role of social support
Author(s) Karantzas, Gery CORCID iD for Karantzas, Gery C orcid.org/0000-0002-1503-2991
Gillath, Omri
Journal name Current opinion in psychology
Volume number 13
Start page 75
End page 80
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-02
ISSN 2352-250X
Keyword(s) chronic illness
partner death
later-life
social support
stressors
older adulthood
Summary Chronic illness and the death of a romantic partner are two of the most significant stressors reported by older adults, resulting in various physical and mental health consequences. Evidence suggests that social support is a key factor in understanding the association between chronic illness and widowhood and the wellbeing of older adults. Nevertheless, research into social support is often approached in an atheoretical manner when investigating these stressors in older adulthood. We attempt to address this theoretical chasm by proposing an integrative model to explain social support processes in older couples which draws on models of social support and attachment theory. Our model provides an important framework for understanding existing research findings as well as guiding future research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.05.009
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083789

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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