International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 14 Num. 3 - October 2014


The influence of social support on the emotional state and attitudes towards old age and ageing in a sample of elderly

Volume 14 Num. 3 - October 2014 - Pages 365-377


C.L. Castellano


The stage of old age is marked by situations of dependency, isolation and loneliness. For this reason, this study attempts to analyse the role played by social networks in old men and their relationship with their emotional state and their attitudes towards their old age and aging. This study involved 117 people over the age of 50, without physical or psychological deterioration. The results were obtained through analysis of frequencies, differences between genders and matrices of correlations. The sample presents a suitable social network, where the family nucleus is represented by the children and the spouse who are the greatest social support for the old man. His emotional state is perceived as satisfactory and their attitudes towards his old age and aging are positive and favourable. The results indicate a positive relationship between the three variables of this study: social support, emotional state, and attitudes towards old age, which is reflected in an appropriate adjustment in the physical and psychological health of the elders of the sample.

Key words:

Social support; emotional state; attitudes; ageing; old age

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