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The relationship of age to personal network size, relational multiplexity, and proximity to alters in the Western United States.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
Publication Date
Volume
70
Issue
1
Pages
91–99
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbu142
PMID: 25324292
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Although personal network size ultimately declines with age, we find that increases for some relations extend well into late-midlife and most elders still maintain numerous contacts across diverse relations. The evidence we present suggests that older people tap into an wider variety of different network members for different types of relations than do younger people. This is true even for populations in rural settings, for whom immediate access to potential alters is more limited.

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