Published Papers - Abstract 434

McLaughlin D, Vagenas D, Pachana N, Begum N & Dobson A. Gender differences in social network size and satisfaction in adults in their seventies. Journal of Health Psychology, 2010; 15(5): 671-679

Strong social support is associated with lower mortality and morbidity and better self-rated health in later life. The aim of this study was to compare social network size and satisfaction in men (N = 2589) and women (n = 3152), aged 72–78 years. Women reported significantly larger networks (Difference 1.36, 95% CI 0.89, 1.83) than men. However, being separated, divorced or single had a significantly greater impact on men’s social networks (Difference 0.92, 95% CI 0.17, 1.68). Poor mental health and sensory impairments were associated with smaller networks and lower satisfaction with support for both men and women.