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      Satisfaction with social networks: An examination of socioemotional selectivity theory across cohorts.

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      Psychology and Aging
      American Psychological Association (APA)

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          Abstract

          This study examines L. L. Carstensen's (1993, 1995) socioemotional selectivity theory within and across three cohorts spanning 4 decades. Socioemotional selectivity theory predicts that as individuals age, they narrow their social networks to devote more emotional resources to fewer relationships with close friends and family. Data from 3 cohorts of nationally representative samples were analyzed to determine whether respondents' satisfaction with the size of their social networks differed by age, cohort, or both. Results support socioemotional selectivity theory: More older adults than younger adults were satisfied with the current size of their social networks rather than wanting larger networks. These findings are consistent across all cohorts. Results are discussed with respect to social relationships across the life course.

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          Journal
          Psychology and Aging
          Psychology and Aging
          American Psychological Association (APA)
          1939-1498
          0882-7974
          1998
          1998
          : 13
          : 4
          : 544-552
          Article
          10.1037/0882-7974.13.4.544
          9883455
          b8ef3d43-6cc0-4686-8d74-c150c790c05f
          © 1998
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