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Does loneliness mediate the relation between social support and cognitive functioning in later life?






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Does loneliness mediate the relation between social support and cognitive functioning in later life?
Soc Sci Med. 2013 Dec;98:116-24
Authors: Ellwardt L, Aartsen M, Deeg D, Steverink N
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Three conflicts as a result of causal attributions.






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Three conflicts as a result of causal attributions.
Soc Sci Med. 1989;28(1):93-7
Authors: ten Kroode H, Oosterwijk M, Steverink N
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Quality of life and social production functions: a framework for understanding health effects.






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Quality of life and social production functions: a framework for understanding health effects.
Soc Sci Med. 1997 Oct;45(7):1051-63
Authors: Ormel J, Lindenberg S, Steverink N, Vonkorff M
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Evaluation of the chronic disease self-management program (CDSMP) among chronically ill older people in the Netherlands.






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Evaluation of the chronic disease self-management program (CDSMP) among chronically ill older people in the Netherlands.
Soc Sci Med. 2007 May;64(9):1832-41
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The adaptive role of perceived control before and after cancer diagnosis: A prospective study.






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The adaptive role of perceived control before and after cancer diagnosis: A prospective study.
Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jun;70(11):1825-31
Authors: Ranchor AV, Wardle J, Steptoe A, Henselmans I, Ormel J, Sanderman R
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The role of personal characteristics in the relationship between health and psychological distress among kidney transplant recipients.






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The role of personal characteristics in the relationship between health and psychological distress among kidney transplant recipients.
Soc Sci Med. 2012 Oct;75(8):1547-54
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The measurement of social support in the ‘European Research on Incapacitating Diseases and Social Support’: the development of the Social Support Questionnaire for Transactions (SSQT).






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The measurement of social support in the ‘European Research on Incapacitating Diseases and Social Support’: the development of the Social Support Questionnaire for Transactions (SSQT).

Soc Sci Med. 1995 May;40(9):1221-9

Authors: Suurmeijer TP, Doeglas DM, Briançon S, Krijnen WP, Krol B, Sanderman R, Moum T, Bjelle A, Van Den Heuvel WJ

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Social support is supposed to have a beneficial effect on the health and wellbeing of people. It is a central concept in the ‘EUropean Research on Incapacitating DIseases and Social Support’ (EURIDISS). In general, two main distinctions concerning social support are made in the literature, providing four basic dimensions or types of social support: a social-emotional vs an instrumental type of social support, and a ‘crisis’ or ‘problem-oriented’ vs ‘everyday’ or ‘daily’ type of social support. Based on these types of social support, a series of items were formulated to measure actual supportive interactions or exchanges of resources. The items were spread over five scales. The social-emotional type of social support comprised three scales: daily emotional support; problem-oriented emotional support; and social companionship, while the instrumental type of social support consisted of two scales: the daily instrumental support and the problem-oriented instrumental support. Together, these items and scales constitute the so-called ‘Social Support Questionnaire for Transactions’ (SSQT). The main objective of this paper is to investigate whether one and the same instrument, i.e. the SSQT, allows for meaningful comparisons between patients with rheumatoid arthritis from different countries. More specifically, the dimensionality and invariance of the dimensions across countries of the SSQT are explored. To this end, patients from four different European countries (France, Norway, The Netherlands and Sweden) were asked to fill in the SSQT. The analysis of the data using principal component analysis (PCA) and simultaneous component analysis (SCA), did yield the intended scales, although the internal consistency of one of them, the daily instrumental support scale, is questionable.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

PMID: 7610428 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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An international study on measuring social support: interactions and satisfaction.






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An international study on measuring social support: interactions and satisfaction.

Soc Sci Med. 1996 Nov;43(9):1389-97

Authors: Doeglas D, Suurmeijer T, Briançon S, Moum T, Krol B, Bjelle A, Sanderman R, van den Heuvel W

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Recently, a new instrument was developed to measure social support. It consists of two parts; the Social Support Questionnaire for Transactions (SSQT) and the Social Support Questionnaire for Satisfaction with the supportive transactions (SSQS). The SSQT measures the number of supportive interactions and has proved to have good psychometric properties. From the taxonomy that was used for the present study, it results that social support in general consists of two aspects. There are, on the one hand, actual supportive transactions and, on the other hand, the perception of being supported or the satisfaction with the social support provided. In the present study, two research questions were addressed. The first concerned the psychometric properties of the SSQS, measuring the individual’s satisfaction with the supportive interactions provided. Secondly, the relative contribution of both supportive interactions (the SSQT) and the satisfaction with the support provided (the SSQS) were assessed, in explaining the level of health related quality of life outcome. The data of 744 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients from four different countries (116 French, 238 Norwegian, 98 Swedish and 292 Dutch patients) were used in the present study. At the entry of the study, all patients fulfilled four out of seven American Rheumatism Association (ARA) criteria and had a disease duration of 4 years or less. The results of the study indicate that the SSQS has good psychometric properties across countries. Cronbach’s alpha for the emotional support scales was 0.80 or more, and for the instrumental support subscales around 0.60. The standardized regression coefficients demonstrated that, compared to supportive interactions, support satisfaction was more relevant in explaining health related quality of life measures, although it is recommended that the SSQT and SSQS be used to complement each other.

PMID: 8913008 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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Socioeconomic inequity in health care: a study of services utilization in Curaçao.






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Socioeconomic inequity in health care: a study of services utilization in Curaçao.

Soc Sci Med. 1997 Jul;45(2):213-20

Authors: Alberts JF, Sanderman R, Eimers JM, van den Heuvel WJ

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The aim of this study is to examine whether there is socioeconomic equity in health care utilization in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. We explore how educational level is related to utilization of GPs, specialists, hospitals; dentists and physiotherapists, taking into account the effects of sex, age and inequalities in health. The study also examines whether these relationships vary according to the unit of analysis: probability (or incidence) of services use versus overall volume of contacts. The data were derived from the Curaçao Health Study, a health interview survey among a random sample (N = 2248) of the non-institutionalized population aged 18 and over. The results indicate that there is socioeconomic inequity in the probability of health care utilization in Curaçao. People with a higher educational level are more likely to consult a specialist, dentist or physiotherapist, and are also more likely to be hospitalized. This is not only the case when the mediating effects of socioeconomic inequalities in health (need) are taken into account, but also before adjustment for health inequalities. In other words: there appears to be both vertical inequity (i.e. greater needs for services are not met by greater use) and horizontal inequity (i.e. similar needs for care are not met by similar levels of services use). The observed inequalities in use of specialists and hospitals contrast with findings from international research. The volume of health services use (i.e. the numbers of consultations) appears to be hardly connected with a person’s position in the SES hierarchy; only dental services are used more extensively by higher educated individuals.

PMID: 9225409 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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Measuring both negative and positive reactions to giving care to cancer patients: psychometric qualities of the Caregiver Reaction Assessment (CRA).






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Measuring both negative and positive reactions to giving care to cancer patients: psychometric qualities of the Caregiver Reaction Assessment (CRA).
Soc Sci Med. 1999 May;48(9):1259-69
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