This thesis studies the personal networks of older Australians
and their associations with subjective
well-being (SWB) by focusing on three main characteristics of
social networks: homogeneity
(connecting with similar people), social capital (access to
resources) and negative interactions.
Using an innovative purpose-built Facebook application, data on
personal networks of 105 Australians
aged 50 years and over is collected in two parts. This
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