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dc.contributor.advisorPearlin, Leonard Ien_US
dc.contributor.authorSergeant, Candice A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2004-06-04T05:46:09Z
dc.date.available2004-06-04T05:46:09Z
dc.date.issued2004-05-12en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/1466
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examined the significance of two aspects of social life for psychological well-being among a community sample of older adults. I proposed, first, that the degree to which elders engage in both informal interpersonal relationships and formal social affiliations are directly and positively related to psychological well-being; second, that these relationships are mediated through two elements of the sense of mattering. Contrary to expectations, it was found that states of mattering do not operate as mediating mechanisms linking social engagement and depression. Instead, the findings suggest that perceptions of mattering play roles independent of social engagement in promoting psychological well-being. Further conceptual and methodological development of the concept of mattering are needed to better understand the ways in which it is linked to social relationships and how these possible interlinked factors promote optimal health outcomes.en_US
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dc.titleTHE FORMS AND MECHANISMS BY WHICH SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS IMPACT DEPRESSION IN LATE LIFE: EXPLORING THE ROLE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF MATTERING.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledSociology, Generalen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsocial relationshipsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleddepressionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledmatteringen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledself-concepten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledolder adultsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledlate lifeen_US


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