Social network and cognitive function in Appalachian older adults

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dc.contributor Crowther, Martha R.
dc.contributor McCarver, Ronald
dc.contributor.advisor Scogin, Forrest Ray DiNapoli, Elizabeth Ann 2017-03-01T14:48:00Z 2017-03-01T14:48:00Z 2011
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000722
dc.identifier.other DiNapoli_alatus_0004M_10786
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The present study examined the association between social network and cognitive function in 268 Appalachian older adults without dementia who had a mean age of 78.5. Cognitive functioning was assessed in two ways using results data from an extensive neuropsychological battery: an overall composite score of all the tests and an overall composite score for tests in specified cognitive domains (working memory, visuospatial ability, semantic memory, and episodic memory). Social networks were measured from structured questions using the Lubben Social Network Scale-6 (LSNS-6). The associations of social network to cognitive function were assessed in two hierarchical linear regression models: Model B controlled for age, education and Geriatric Depression Scores (GDS), whereas Model A did not. Results suggest a significant main effect and positive association with social network and global cognitive function, episodic memory, working memory, semantic memory and visuospatial ability. Therefore, these findings confirm that larger social networks in older adults are associated with better cognitive functioning and this remains true across varied cognitive domains.
dc.format.extent 66 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.title Social network and cognitive function in Appalachian older adults
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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