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Social Connectedness in Health, Morbidity and Mortality, and Health Care - The Contributions, Limits and Further Potential of Health and Retirement Study


  • Pescosolido Bernice

    () (Indiana University - Bloomington)


This part of the mid-term review of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) provides an overall assessment of the utility of HRS data for research targeting the nature and influence of social connectedness. As one of the major dimensions of the social aspects of psychosocial influences, social connectedness is among the most complicated in terms of definition, conceptualization, and measurement. However, the century-long body of theory and findings couple with a recent resurgence of research on the critical impact of these ties for health, illness, and health care to call for an examination of the richness in and limitations of current HRS data.

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  • Pescosolido Bernice, 2011. "Social Connectedness in Health, Morbidity and Mortality, and Health Care - The Contributions, Limits and Further Potential of Health and Retirement Study," Forum for Health Economics & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 14(3), pages 1-19, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:fhecpo:v:14:y:2011:i:3:n:11

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    1. Pescosolido, Bernice A. & Wright, Eric R., 2004. "The view from two worlds: The convergence of social network reports between mental health clients and their ties," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 58(9), pages 1795-1806, May.
    2. Emily J. Nicklett & Jersey Liang, 2010. "Diabetes-Related Support, Regimen Adherence, and Health Decline Among Older Adults," Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Gerontological Society of America, vol. 65(3), pages 390-399.
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