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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728


GALLARDO-PERALTA, Lorena P.; SANCHEZ-MORENO, Esteban; ARIAS-ASTRAY, Andrés  and  BARRON LOPEZ-DE-RODA, Ana. Structural dimension of social networks, sources of functional support, reciprocity, community support, and depression among elder people in Chile. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.3, pp.1018-1029. ISSN 1695-2294.

The relation among aeging, social support, and depression is a key subject in societies with rising aeging rates, as Chile is. The present piece of research focus on the rol played by psychosociological variables: type of support by source, reciprocity in support by type and source of support, and communitary support. Validated and widely used scales for depression and social support where applied in a sample (n=493) obtained from Arica-Parinacota region, north of Chile. Hierarchichal regression and structural equation model (SEM) are used. Results suggest that partner and adult children constitute the main sources of support (specially emotional and instrumental) against depression. Reciprocity is a key variable to account for the relation between sources of support and depression.

Keywords : social support; depression; reciprocity; elderly.

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