Changes in older Dutch adults’ role networks after moving

1980), this study examined the differential impact of relocation, depending on the distance moved, on the size of 3 types of role networks

BRIGITTE A. BLOEM; THEO G. VAN TILBURG; FLEUR THOMÉSE

2008

Scholarcy highlights

  • 1980), this study examined the differential impact of relocation, depending on the distance moved, on the size of 3 types of role networks
  • This study is based on data collected in the context of the ‘‘Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam,’’ a program conducted at VU University Amsterdam and largely funded by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports
  • We study whether older adults succeed in rebuilding their social network and address the extent to which new relationships take the place of the lost old ones
  • The change in the neighbor network was largest for long-distance movers; the number of new relationships was considerably larger than the number of losses
  • We expected the most losses in the neighbor network and the fewest in the coworker network
  • Even though neighbor networks contract in anticipation of moving, older adults generally develop new relationships near their new residence without any help

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