The present study explored the association between attachment style and friendship satisfaction and correlates of well-being such as depression, loneliness, and meaning in life. The study included 88 women over the age of 65. The results indicated that there is a relationship between attachment style and friendship satisfaction and that friendship satisfaction affects older adult female's experience of depression, loneliness, and meaning in life. A woman with a more secure attachment style had higher levels of friendship satisfaction and lower levels of depression and loneliness. There was an inverse relationship between how many female friends a woman has and her levels of depression and loneliness. Additionally, a positive association was found between the number of female friends a woman had and the presence of meaning in her life. Previous studies suggest that friendship and social support is an important source of happiness and well-being in the lives of many. This study confirms that female friendship has a positive influence on factors of well-being for the elderly. The implications, limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.
|Commitee:||Ghafoori, Bita, Luken, Debora|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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