Return to Current Issue The Impact of Social Support on Perceived Control Among Older Adults: Building Blocks of Empowerment

Jan Johnston, Linda Jaco
2011 Number 5 Article Number 5RIB4   unpublished
This article examines the impact of social support on older adults' perceived sense of control and resultant feelings of empowerment. A consistent theme of empowerment is the idea of personal control. Using hierarchical multiple regression, results of a randomly dialed telephone survey of rural older adults (n=404) revealed that social support was a significant predictor of perceived sense of control. Other factors, including health, functional abilities, and resources were not significant
more » ... ot significant predictors. Community educational programming that focuses on ways to engage elder support networks may also foster a perceived sense of control, further facilitating feelings of empowerment among older adults.