McHugh, Joanna E. and Lawlor, Brian A. (2012) Social support differentially moderates the impact of neuroticism and extraversion on mental wellbeing among community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Mental Health, 21 (5). pp. 448-458. ISSN 1360-0567Full text not available from this repository.
Personality affects psychological wellbeing, and social support networks may mediate this effect. This may be particularly pertinent in later life, when social structures change significantly, and can lead to a decline in psychological wellbeing.
To examine, in an older population, whether the relationships between neuroticism and extraversion and mental wellbeing are moderated by available social support networks.
We gathered information from 536 community-dwelling older adults, regarding personality, social support networks, depressive symptomatology, anxiety and perceived stress, as well as controlling for age and gender.
Neuroticism and extraversion interacted with social support networks to determine psychological wellbeing (depression, stress and anxiety). High scores on the social support networks measure appear to be protective against the deleterious effects of high scores on the neuroticism scale on psychological wellbeing. Meanwhile, individuals high in extraversion appear to require large social support networks in order to maintain psychological wellbeing.
Large familial and friendship social support networks are associated with good psychological wellbeing. To optimise psychological wellbeing in older adults, improving social support networks may be differentially effective for different personality types.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Welfare of older people
|Divisions:||School of Business > Staff Research and Publications|
|Depositing User:||CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN|
|Date Deposited:||02 Oct 2015 15:24|
|Last Modified:||02 Oct 2015 15:24|
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