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dc.contributor.supervisor Menec, Verena (Community Health Sciences) en_US
dc.contributor.author Harasemiw, Oksana
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-15T18:57:58Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-15T18:57:58Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/31231
dc.description.abstract This study explored how the structural aspects of a social network (that is, number of social ties, frequency of contact, as well as social participation), along with the functional aspect (social support), relate to mental health. Using data from the baseline questionnaire for the tracking cohort of participants in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, community-dwelling older adults aged 65-85 years old were studied. Cluster analysis was used to group individuals into different clusters, based on their structural social network characteristics. Six clusters were found, ranging from most socially integrated, to moderately integrated, to socially isolated. Univariate analyses indicated that as level of social integration decreased, individuals fared increasingly worse in terms of their mental health outcomes. Furthermore, a series of mediation analyses showed that social support mediated the relationship between social integration level, and mental health, an effect that was strongest for the most socially isolated individuals. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Older adults en_US
dc.subject Social isolation en_US
dc.subject Social support en_US
dc.subject Mental health en_US
dc.subject Cluster analysis en_US
dc.subject Mediation analysis en_US
dc.subject Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging en_US
dc.title The relationship between social isolation, social support, and mental health en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Community Health Sciences en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Shooshtari, Shahin (Community Health Sciences) Mackenzie, Corey (Psychology) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en_US
dc.description.note May 2016 en_US


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