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Salud Pública de México

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MELENDEZ-MORAL, Juan Carlos; TOMAS-MIGUEL, José Manuel  and  NAVARRO-PARDO, Esperanza. Analyses of the social networks for the elderly through the Manheim interview. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2007, vol.49, n.6, pp.408-414. ISSN 0036-3634.

OBJECTIVE: To analyse who are the people giving psychological and instrumental support to the elderly, as well as potential differences among these caregivers according to age and/or sex of the elderly. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Manheim interview for social support was used to gather the opinions of 101 elder people (>65 years) living in Valencia (Spain), from January to May, 2006. RESULTS: Statistically significant differences were found on both psychological and instrumental support depending on age and sex of the interviewed elderly. CONCLUSIONS: With respect to sex differences old men seek for support mainly from their partners, while son and daughters are the main source of support for old women. With respect to age, there are changes in the figures giving support as age increases. Partners are the main figure to give support within the 65-75 years, but its importance decreases with age, while sons and daughters became more important as age of the elderly increases.

Keywords : psychological support; instrumental support; ageing; age; sex; Valencia.

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