Brigitte A. Bloem, Theo G. van Tilburg, and Fleur Thomése, Department of Sociology, VU University Amsterdam. Brigitte A. Bloem is now at the Department IPOL, Netherlands Police Agency Zoetermeer.
Changes in older Dutch adults’ role networks after moving
Article first published online: 3 DEC 2008
© 2008 IARR
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 465–478, December 2008
How to Cite
BLOEM, B. A., TILBURG, T. G. V. and THOMÉSE, F. (2008), Changes in older Dutch adults’ role networks after moving. Personal Relationships, 15: 465–478. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2008.00210.x
This study is based on data collected in the context of the “Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam,” a program conducted at VU University Amsterdam and largely funded by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports.
- Issue published online: 3 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 3 DEC 2008
Using the convoy model (R. L. Kahn & T. C. Antonucci, 1980), this study examined the differential impact of relocation, depending on the distance moved, on the size of 3 types of role networks. A total of 890 Dutch nonmovers and 445 movers (aged 55–86 years) were selected from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. Results of analyses of variance showed that the neighbor networks changed most after relocation. Long-distance movers discontinued the largest number of relationships with fellow club members. As expected, moving did not affect coworker networks. The findings show that, consistent with the convoy model, role networks proved to be unstable. Older adults, however, restored their partial networks at the second observation by starting new relationships.