Chapter

Social Relationships and Aging

Developmental Psychology

V. ADULTHOOD AND AGING

  1. Toni C. Antonucci1,
  2. Kira S. Birditt2,
  3. Kristine J. Ajrouch3

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop206020

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Antonucci, T. C., Birditt, K. S. and Ajrouch, K. J. 2012. Social Relationships and Aging. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 6:V:20.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Michigan, Life Course Development Program, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

  2. 2

    University of Michigan, Life Course Development Program, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

  3. 3

    Eastern Michigan University, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

Abstract

In this chapter we trace scientific advancements made in the study of social relations across the life span and over the life course with a particular emphasis on adulthood and aging. We begin with attention to traditional social relations theories, including the convoy model of social relations. Next, we consider empirical investigations to illustrate how increasingly sophisticated developmental theory and methods led to expanded and more nuanced understandings of social relations in adulthood. Furthermore, we provide an overview of the most recent literature available on the convoy model, especially highlighting aspects of social relations that influence stress, health, and well-being. Finally, future directions in the study of social relations are identified.

Keywords:

  • social relations;
  • convoy;
  • life span and life course perspectives;
  • stress-buffering;
  • dyadic relations;
  • bidirectional influences