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dc.contributor.authorStephens, Cen_US
dc.contributor.authorAlpass, Fen_US
dc.contributor.authorTowers, Aen_US
dc.coverage.spatialNew Zealanden_US
dc.date.available2010en_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifierhttp://www.psychology.org.nz/en_US
dc.identifier.citationNew Zealand Journal of Psychology, 2010, 39 (2), pp. 49 - 55en_US
dc.identifier.issn0112-109Xen_US
dc.description.abstractBy 2026 people aged 65 and over are projected to make up approximately 20% of the population of New Zealand. A focus on the positive aspects of ageing includes consideration of the factors that promote good mental health in the population. In the present study of early old age (65-70 years) we highlight factors that are amenable to social and structural change in order to support positive ageing as people move into retirement. Analysis of cross-sectional survey data from 1761 people aged 65-70 was used to test the prediction that economic living standards are related to social support and loneliness (taking into account gender and ethnicity differences) and these factors in turn will affect mental health. Multiple regression analysis showed that lower living standards are both independently related to mental health and also contribute to diminished opportunities for social support. Social support and loneliness in turn, are related to mental health. Such observations suggest the importance of changes in social attitudes and social policy to build societies in which older people are valued and supported both economically and socially.en_US
dc.format.extent49 - 55en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherNew Zealand Psychological Societyen_US
dc.titleEconomic hardship among older people in New Zealand: The effects of low living standards on social support loneliness and mental healthen_US
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.citation.volume39en_US
dc.description.confidentialfalseen_US
dc.identifier.elements-id101183
dc.relation.isPartOfNew Zealand Journal of Psychologyen_US
dc.citation.issue2en_US
dc.description.publication-statusPublisheden_US
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Health
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Health/School of Public Health
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Humanities and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Humanities and Social Sciences/School of Psychology
pubs.notesNot knownen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.psychology.org.nz/en_US
dc.subject.anzsrc1701 Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.anzsrc1702 Cognitive Scienceen_US


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