This special issue reflects current conceptual and methodological examination of the impact of both negative and positive social support on well being in later life. Empirical work conducted over the past few decades has documented the beneficial impact of social support on elders' life quality using increasingly precise operational definitions. However, close relationships that provide comfort and physical assistance may also be a source of discord and tension. The studies presented in this issue provide current illustrations of how social support has been expanding and increasing in complexity to include both negative and positive aspects of both support and life quality.
Volume 5, Number 2, 2001
Contents: J.P. Reinhardt, Social Support and Well-Being in Later Life: Studying the Negative With the Positive. T.C. Antonucci, J.E. Lansford, H. Akiyama, The Impact of Positive and Negative Aspects of Marital Relationships and Friendships on Well-Being of Older Adults. J.P. Reinhardt, Effects of Positive and Negative Support Received and Provided on Adaptation to Chronic Visual Impairment. K.S. Rook, Emotional Health and Positive Versus Negative Social Exchanges: A Daily Diary Analysis. R.W. Swindle, Jr., K. Heller, S.M. Allen, M.F. Wyman, Souces of Stressor-Specific Negative Transactions and Depressive Symptoms Among Caucasian and African-American Older Women. K.A. Roberto, K.R. Allen, R. Blieszner, Older Adults' Preferences for Future Care: Formal Plans and Familial Support.