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Social support and health of older people in Middle Eastern countries: a systematic review

Tajvar, Maryam, Fletcher, Astrid, Grundy, Emily ORCID: 0000-0002-9633-1116 and Arab, Mohannad (2013) Social support and health of older people in Middle Eastern countries: a systematic review. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 32 (2). pp. 71-78. ISSN 1440-6381

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00639.x


The aim of this study is to systematically review quantitative studies exploring the association between social support (SS) and the health of older people in Middle Eastern countries. Sixteen electronic databases and other resources were searched to identify studies that met the inclusion criteria of the review. Abstracts of identified papers were screened for relevancy, following which the authors determined eligibility, applied quality criteria and extracted the data. Twenty-two studies met the inclusion criteria. Even allowing for the diversity of the studies included, this review offered strong and consistent evidence for a positive relation between SS and mental health, while there was inconsistent evidence of an association between SS and other health outcomes. The limited evidence for the Middle Eastern region confirms findings from other settings on the importance of SS for mental health in later life. Current evidence is inadequate to assess whether SS is associated with physical health.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors. Australasian Journal on Ageing © 2012 ACOTA
Divisions: Social Policy
Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2013 11:54
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 01:03
Funders: Tehran University of Medical Sciences

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