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Psychol Aging. 2004 Mar;19(1):215-8.

Gender moderates the effects of independence and dependence desires during the social support process.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1104, USA. alenguy@msn.com

Abstract

This investigation examined the roles of gender and desires for independence and dependence in the support process. We assessed 118 older adults who reported needing help with at least 1 activity of daily living as a result of illness or health problems. Men with a high desire to be independent responded negatively to receiving support from their social network. Women's outcomes were generally unaffected by their independence and dependence desires. These results indicate that gender and desires for independence and dependence should be taken into account when examining the social support process, especially in men with health problems.

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