Comparing Stress Buffering and Main Effects Models of Social Support for Married and Widowed Older Women

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Social support has been shown to lessen the negative effects of life stress on psychological and physical health. The stress buffering model and the main effects model of social support were compared using two samples of women over the age of 50 who were either married or recently widowed. These two groups represent low and high uncontrollable major life stress respectively. Other life stress events were also taken into account. Measures assessed current level of life stress, perceived social support, satisfaction with social support, and psychological symptomatology. Results using overall psychological health as the dependent variable support the main effects ... continued below

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Murdock, Melissa E. (Melissa Erleene) August 1994.

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Social support has been shown to lessen the negative effects of life stress on psychological and physical health. The stress buffering model and the main effects model of social support were compared using two samples of women over the age of 50 who were either married or recently widowed. These two groups represent low and high uncontrollable major life stress respectively. Other life stress events were also taken into account. Measures assessed current level of life stress, perceived social support, satisfaction with social support, and psychological symptomatology. Results using overall psychological health as the dependent variable support the main effects model.

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Murdock, Melissa E. (Melissa Erleene). Comparing Stress Buffering and Main Effects Models of Social Support for Married and Widowed Older Women, thesis, August 1994; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278716/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .