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Subjective social support in older male Italian-born immigrants in Australia

Stanaway, Fiona; Kendig, Hal; Blyth, Fiona; Cumming, Robert; Naganathan, Vasin; Waite, Louise

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This paper describes differences in subjective social support between older male Italian-born immigrants in Australia and their Australian-born counterparts. Data came from 335 Italian-born and 849 Australian-born men aged 70 years and over who participated in the baseline phase of the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP) in inner suburban Sydney, Australia. Social support was measured using the shortened (11 item) version of the Duke Social Support Index (DSSI). This index measures...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorStanaway, Fiona
dc.contributor.authorKendig, Hal
dc.contributor.authorBlyth, Fiona
dc.contributor.authorCumming, Robert
dc.contributor.authorNaganathan, Vasin
dc.contributor.authorWaite, Louise
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:27:22Z
dc.date.available2015-12-08T22:27:22Z
dc.identifier.issn0169-3816
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/34044
dc.description.abstractThis paper describes differences in subjective social support between older male Italian-born immigrants in Australia and their Australian-born counterparts. Data came from 335 Italian-born and 849 Australian-born men aged 70 years and over who participated in the baseline phase of the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP) in inner suburban Sydney, Australia. Social support was measured using the shortened (11 item) version of the Duke Social Support Index (DSSI). This index measures both social interactions and expressive social support. Logistic regression was used to examine differences in subjective social support between the two groups of men after controlling for other related factors. Italian-born men were about twice as likely to report low subjective social support compared to Australian-born men (unadjusted odds ratio (OR) = 1. 8, p = 0. 0002). This difference remained after adjustment for sociodemographic, socioeconomic, social network and health factors (adjusted OR = 2. 1, p = 0. 0007). Italian-born men were more likely to report that they had no non-family members in the local area to rely on. However, lack of non-family supports did not remain significantly associated with perceived social support after adjustment for social interactions and depressive symptoms. Italian-born men were more likely to report low subjective support despite the presence of several protective factors such as a greater number of local family supports and a high rate of home ownership.
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.sourceJournal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
dc.subjectKeywords: aged; article; Australia; depression; ethnology; human; human relation; Italy; male; migration; psychological aspect; questionnaire; risk; social support; Aged; Australia; Depression; Emigrants and Immigrants; Humans; Interpersonal Relations; Italy; Male; Ageing; Italian immigrants; Men; Social support
dc.titleSubjective social support in older male Italian-born immigrants in Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume26
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor111799 - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu8709800xPUB108
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationStanaway, Fiona, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationKendig, Hal, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBlyth, Fiona, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationCumming, Robert, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationNaganathan, Vasi, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationWaite, Louise, University of Sydney
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage205
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage220
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s10823-011-9144-z
local.identifier.absseo940103 - Ageing and Older People
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:43:00Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79955753024
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