Social support as a mediator in the relation between sensation seeking (need for stimulation) and psychological adjustment in older adults.
Investigated the role of social support as a mediator between sensation seeking and psychological adjustment in older adults. Questionnaires assessing social support, sensation seeking, self-esteem, sense of coherence, and satisfaction with life were completed by 325 adults (aged 65-95 years). Path analysis demonstrated a correlation between sensation seeking and an extended social-support network as well as a mediating effect of that support on psychological adjustment. It is suggested that social support may be a protective factor with respect to psychological adjustment in older adult sensation seekers
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