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Social networks and residential mobility in later life: the effects of moving on social network supportive capacity amongst older people in the UK

Social networks and residential mobility in later life: the effects of moving on social network supportive capacity amongst older people in the UK
Social networks and residential mobility in later life: the effects of moving on social network supportive capacity amongst older people in the UK
This is an interdisciplinary PhD research project, spanning the ESRC Centre for Population Change and the Centre for Research on Ageing. Using British Household Panel Survey data, the thesis aims to prove that undertaking a residential move changes the supportive capacity of one’s social network in later life. The study first investigates the determinants of moving home in later life. It then conceptualises and constructs the social networks of older people in the UK, considering key attributes such as network size, frequency, proximity and functions and examines the effects of moving home on these measures. The analysis finds that the incidence of residential mobility is associated with, amongst other things, becoming widowed and experiencing a negative change in health or financial circumstance. Furthermore older people are likely to experience disruption to the supportive capacity of their companionship and community networks following a move. This research has important implications for policy as any damaging effects on an older person’s informal support network may have consequences for their health outcomes and in turn lead to an increased dependence on formal health and social care services at the places to which they move.
Green, Marcus
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Green, Marcus
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Falkingham, Jane
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Evandrou, Maria
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Green, Marcus (2014) Social networks and residential mobility in later life: the effects of moving on social network supportive capacity amongst older people in the UK. University of Southampton, Social Sciences, Doctoral Thesis, 432pp.

Record type: Thesis (Doctoral)

Abstract

This is an interdisciplinary PhD research project, spanning the ESRC Centre for Population Change and the Centre for Research on Ageing. Using British Household Panel Survey data, the thesis aims to prove that undertaking a residential move changes the supportive capacity of one’s social network in later life. The study first investigates the determinants of moving home in later life. It then conceptualises and constructs the social networks of older people in the UK, considering key attributes such as network size, frequency, proximity and functions and examines the effects of moving home on these measures. The analysis finds that the incidence of residential mobility is associated with, amongst other things, becoming widowed and experiencing a negative change in health or financial circumstance. Furthermore older people are likely to experience disruption to the supportive capacity of their companionship and community networks following a move. This research has important implications for policy as any damaging effects on an older person’s informal support network may have consequences for their health outcomes and in turn lead to an increased dependence on formal health and social care services at the places to which they move.

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Published date: January 2014
Organisations: University of Southampton, Social Statistics & Demography

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Local EPrints ID: 368007
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/368007
PURE UUID: 8e0ab6e7-3284-4170-a400-8a2ae47debf0
ORCID for Jane Falkingham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7135-5875
ORCID for Maria Evandrou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2115-9358

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Date deposited: 24 Oct 2014 11:03
Last modified: 27 Jan 2020 13:41

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Author: Marcus Green
Thesis advisor: Jane Falkingham ORCID iD
Thesis advisor: Maria Evandrou ORCID iD

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