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The effect of perceived social support on frailty and depression: A multicategorical multiple mediation analysis

      Highlights

      • The cross-sectional study was conducted in rural areas of China.
      • Significant others' support mediated the relationship between frailty and depression.
      • The mediating effects of family support and friends support were not observed.
      • The daughter's support for the elderly should be valued.

      Abstract

      The mediating effects of three sources of perceived social support on frailty severity and depression were examined. Conducted in rural China, data on 570 frail older women were studied. Results showed that significant others' support (mainly daughters) (β = 0.177 for frailty score = 3) mediated the relationship between frailty severity and depression, and the 95 % bias-corrected bootstrap confidence intervals did not straddle zero (0.013–0.419), while the mediating effects of family support (mainly sons) and friends support were not observed. Support from daughters contributes to frail mothers' mental health.

      Abbreviations:

      MMSE (Mini-Mental State Examination), GDS (Geriatric Depression Scale), MSPSS (Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support), BMI (Body mass index), CCI (Charlson Comorbidity Index), CA-CCI (Combined Age Charlson Comorbidity Index), SD (Standard deviation), CI (Confidence interval)

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