The strength of family ties: A meta-analysis and meta-regression of self-reported social support and mortality

Shor, Eran, Roelfs, David and Yogev, Tamar (2013) The strength of family ties: A meta-analysis and meta-regression of self-reported social support and mortality. Social Networks, 35 (4). pp. 626-638.

Abstract

Perceived social support has long been recognized as associated with better health and longevity. However, important factors that may moderate this relationship have not been sufficiently explored. The authors used meta-analyses and meta-regressions to examine 178 all-cause mortality risk estimates from 50 publications, providing data on more than 100,000 persons. The mean hazard ratio (HR) for mortality among those with lower levels of perceived social support was 1.11 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.05, 1.17) among multivariate-adjusted HRs. Metaregressions suggest that support from family members was more beneficial than support provided by friends, and that a moderate level of support may be enough to achieve positive results. The results also show that the HR increases with age, but no substantial difference was found between men and women in the magnitude of the risk.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: social support; family; friends; mortality; meta-analysis; meta-regression
Subject(s): Corporate reputation
Centre: Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013 15:34
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 11:02
Funders: Not applicable
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/4732

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