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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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NAVARRO, Regina M.; SALAZAR-FERNANDEZ, Camila; SCHNETTLER, Berta  y  DENEGRI, Marianela. The influence of financial situation and friends' support on health self-perception of older adults. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2020, vol.148, n.2, pp.196-203. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/s0034-98872020000200196.

Background:

The Chilean population is aging rapidly. This socio-demographic change imposes psychosocial and economic challenges that are relevant for the health care of older people.

Aim:

To assess the association between perceived financial situation, perceived social support by friends, and age with health self-perception in older people.

Material and Methods:

A questionnaire about health self-perception, financial situation, and social support perceived by friends was applied to 383 occupationally active adults aged 68 ± 5 years (66% women) living in urban areas of Southern Chile. A gender-based multi-group path model was specified, which evaluated the association of health self-perception with the assessment of the financial situation, social support, and age.

Results:

The final model was moderated by gender. However, age was not associated with health self-perception. For men and women, the perceived financial situation showed a positive association with health self-perception. The perceived social support of friends was only significant for women.

Conclusions:

The financial situation and friends' support (among women) are factors that should be considered in the evaluation of the health perception of older adults.

Palabras clave : Aged; Financial Management; Friends; Social Support.

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