Social relations

network, support and relational strain

P Due, B Holstein, R Lund, J Modvig, K Avlund

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

    Resumé

    We introduce a conceptual framework with social relations as the main concept and the structure and the function of social relations as subconcepts. The structure of social relations covers aspects of formal relations and social network. The function of social relations covers social support, social anchorage and relational strain. We use this conceptual framework to describe social relations in the Danish population, with questionnaire data from the Danish Longitudinal Health Behaviour Study including a random sample of each of the age groups 25-, 50-, 60-and 70-year olds, N = 2,011. The postal questionnaires were answered by a random sample in each of the age groups. The results show marked age and gender differences in both the structure and the function of social relations. The social network, measured as weekly contacts, weakens with age and so does instrumental support. Emotional support is unrelated to this decline in contact frequency and appears to be at the same level for younger and older individuals. Relational strain, measured as conflicts, declines with age for all kinds of social relations. The weakening of the social network with age does not seem to affect the level of emotional support and in turn seems to be partly compensated for by a simultaneous decline in relational strain.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftSocial Science & Medicine
    Vol/bind48
    Udgave nummer5
    Sider (fra-til)661-73
    Antal sider13
    ISSN0277-9536
    StatusUdgivet - mar. 1999

    Fingeraftryk

    Social Relations
    Age Groups
    social network
    Health Behavior
    random sample
    age group
    contact
    questionnaire
    age difference
    health behavior
    social support
    gender-specific factors
    Population
    Surveys and Questionnaires
    Social Networks

    Citer dette

    Due, P ; Holstein, B ; Lund, R ; Modvig, J ; Avlund, K. / Social relations : network, support and relational strain. I: Social Science & Medicine. 1999 ; Bind 48, Nr. 5. s. 661-73.
    @article{d8ac4785cbb0487eb1ca6dc33368f343,
    title = "Social relations: network, support and relational strain",
    abstract = "We introduce a conceptual framework with social relations as the main concept and the structure and the function of social relations as subconcepts. The structure of social relations covers aspects of formal relations and social network. The function of social relations covers social support, social anchorage and relational strain. We use this conceptual framework to describe social relations in the Danish population, with questionnaire data from the Danish Longitudinal Health Behaviour Study including a random sample of each of the age groups 25-, 50-, 60-and 70-year olds, N = 2,011. The postal questionnaires were answered by a random sample in each of the age groups. The results show marked age and gender differences in both the structure and the function of social relations. The social network, measured as weekly contacts, weakens with age and so does instrumental support. Emotional support is unrelated to this decline in contact frequency and appears to be at the same level for younger and older individuals. Relational strain, measured as conflicts, declines with age for all kinds of social relations. The weakening of the social network with age does not seem to affect the level of emotional support and in turn seems to be partly compensated for by a simultaneous decline in relational strain.",
    keywords = "Adult, Aged, Female, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Middle Aged, Models, Theoretical, Peer Group, Sex Factors, Social Support",
    author = "P Due and B Holstein and R Lund and J Modvig and K Avlund",
    year = "1999",
    month = "3",
    language = "English",
    volume = "48",
    pages = "661--73",
    journal = "Social Science & Medicine",
    issn = "0277-9536",
    publisher = "Pergamon Press",
    number = "5",

    }

    Due, P, Holstein, B, Lund, R, Modvig, J & Avlund, K 1999, 'Social relations: network, support and relational strain', Social Science & Medicine, bind 48, nr. 5, s. 661-73.

    Social relations : network, support and relational strain. / Due, P; Holstein, B; Lund, R; Modvig, J; Avlund, K.

    I: Social Science & Medicine, Bind 48, Nr. 5, 03.1999, s. 661-73.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Social relations

    T2 - network, support and relational strain

    AU - Due, P

    AU - Holstein, B

    AU - Lund, R

    AU - Modvig, J

    AU - Avlund, K

    PY - 1999/3

    Y1 - 1999/3

    N2 - We introduce a conceptual framework with social relations as the main concept and the structure and the function of social relations as subconcepts. The structure of social relations covers aspects of formal relations and social network. The function of social relations covers social support, social anchorage and relational strain. We use this conceptual framework to describe social relations in the Danish population, with questionnaire data from the Danish Longitudinal Health Behaviour Study including a random sample of each of the age groups 25-, 50-, 60-and 70-year olds, N = 2,011. The postal questionnaires were answered by a random sample in each of the age groups. The results show marked age and gender differences in both the structure and the function of social relations. The social network, measured as weekly contacts, weakens with age and so does instrumental support. Emotional support is unrelated to this decline in contact frequency and appears to be at the same level for younger and older individuals. Relational strain, measured as conflicts, declines with age for all kinds of social relations. The weakening of the social network with age does not seem to affect the level of emotional support and in turn seems to be partly compensated for by a simultaneous decline in relational strain.

    AB - We introduce a conceptual framework with social relations as the main concept and the structure and the function of social relations as subconcepts. The structure of social relations covers aspects of formal relations and social network. The function of social relations covers social support, social anchorage and relational strain. We use this conceptual framework to describe social relations in the Danish population, with questionnaire data from the Danish Longitudinal Health Behaviour Study including a random sample of each of the age groups 25-, 50-, 60-and 70-year olds, N = 2,011. The postal questionnaires were answered by a random sample in each of the age groups. The results show marked age and gender differences in both the structure and the function of social relations. The social network, measured as weekly contacts, weakens with age and so does instrumental support. Emotional support is unrelated to this decline in contact frequency and appears to be at the same level for younger and older individuals. Relational strain, measured as conflicts, declines with age for all kinds of social relations. The weakening of the social network with age does not seem to affect the level of emotional support and in turn seems to be partly compensated for by a simultaneous decline in relational strain.

    KW - Adult

    KW - Aged

    KW - Female

    KW - Humans

    KW - Interpersonal Relations

    KW - Male

    KW - Middle Aged

    KW - Models, Theoretical

    KW - Peer Group

    KW - Sex Factors

    KW - Social Support

    M3 - Journal article

    VL - 48

    SP - 661

    EP - 673

    JO - Social Science & Medicine

    JF - Social Science & Medicine

    SN - 0277-9536

    IS - 5

    ER -