Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The impact of attachment on friendship satisfaction and correlates of well-being of older adult females
by Snow, Erin L., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 100; 1522602
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ratanasiripong, Paul
Commitee: Ghafoori, Bita, Luken, Debora
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
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Publication Number: 1522602
ISBN: 9781303020148
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