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Adaptação e utilização de uma medida de avaliação da rede de apoio social – diagrama da escolta – para idosos brasileiros

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Author(s): MARIA CLARA PINHEIRO DE PAULA-COUTO | SÍLVIA HELENA KOLLER | ROSA NOVO | PEDRO SANCHEZ-SOARES

Journal: Universitas Psychologica
ISSN 1657-9267

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 493;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Social Capital | Frail Elderly | State Aid

ABSTRACT
This study aims to adapt a social support measure – The Convoy of Social Support – to older persons in Brazil. Participants were 15 older persons (10 women and five men) selected from a larger sample of older persons (N = 81). The mean age of the participants was 69.6 years old (SD = 7.45). The diagram was individually applied. The Convoy of Social Support approach applied to older persons revealed itself as an easy and useful instrument to assess their social support network. An important aspect of it is that both structural and functional aspects of the social network are considered. Researchers have been pointing to the fact that if the quantity of support is an important feature of social support, it is the quality of it that promotes individual well-being.
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