Social Indicators Research

, Volume 117, Issue 2, pp 561–576 | Cite as

The Relationship Between Social Support and Subjective Well-Being Across Age

  • Karen L. SiedleckiEmail author
  • Timothy A. Salthouse
  • Shigehiro Oishi
  • Sheena Jeswani


The relationships among types of social support and different facets of subjective well-being (i.e., life satisfaction, positive affect, and negative affect) were examined in a sample of 1,111 individuals between the ages of 18 and 95. Using structural equation modeling we found that life satisfaction was predicted by enacted and perceived support, positive affect was predicted by family embeddedness and provided support, and negative affect was predicted by perceived support. When personality variables were included in a subsequent model, the influence of the social support variables were generally reduced. Invariance analyses conducted across age groups indicated that there were no substantial differences in predictors of the different types of subjective well-being across age.


Aging Life satisfaction Social support Subjective well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen L. Siedlecki
    • 1
    Email author
  • Timothy A. Salthouse
    • 2
  • Shigehiro Oishi
    • 2
  • Sheena Jeswani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFordham UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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