Table 2

Frequency of instrumental, economic support and satisfaction in each type of social network

Diverse with community participation

Diverse without community participation

Widowed

Nonfriends-restricted

Nonfamily-restricted

Total


n = 404

n = 1484

n = 1071

n = 255

n = 134

n = 3348

a Frequency of instrumental support (to perform BADL and IADL) received,^mean (SD)

3.3 (2.3)

4.3 (1.7)

3.1 (2.4)

3.7 (2.1)

2.9 (2.4)

3.7 (2.2)

Having received economic support*,%

66.1

74.3

63.6

76.9

41.8

68.8

bSatisfaction with family contacts,^mean (SD)

2.7 (0.7)

2.8 (0.5)

2.7 (0.7)

2.4 (0.9)

2.4 (0.9)

2.7 (0.7)

b Satisfaction with friends contacts^, mean (SD)

2.9 (0.4)

2.8 (0.4)

2.8 (0.5)

0 (0.0)

2.6 (0.8)

2.6 (0.9)


a Frequency of instrumental support received to perform BADL and IADL, scale of 0-5: 0 = absent, 1 = less than monthly frequency, 2 = monthly, 3 = every two weeks, 4 = weekly and 5 = daily

b Satisfaction with family and satisfaction with friend's contacts, scale of 1 to 3: where: 1 = unsatisfied; 2 = more or less satisfied; 3 = totally satisfied

^ p < 0.0001, One way analysis of variance

p < 0.005, Bonferroni multiple-comparison test

*p < 0.05, Chi-square test

Doubova (Dubova) et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:104   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-104

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