Social relationships in later life: a review of the research literature

Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 1997 May;12(5):505-12. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1099-1166(199705)12:5<505::aid-gps577>;2-q.


This review examines the contribution of sociological perspectives to the study of relationships in later life. Three main areas are analysed: first, the family life of older people, second, marital relationships; third, friendship in later life. The article concludes with an assessment of the changes affecting the social lives of different groups of older people.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Family*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Marriage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Social Support*