Influence of Social Support Systems on Dietary Intake of the Elderly Academic Article uri icon


  • Various forms of social support have been found to have positive associations with good health and preventative health behavior while other forms have negative consequences. Considering dietary intake as a form of preventative behaiovr, this exploratory research examines the association of various types of social support systems with nutrient intake. The findings suggest that social supports which include close physical proximity (marriage, neighbors, religious salience) as opposed to simple emotional attachments to relatives, friends, and community, are significantly associated with higher intakes of specific nutrients. It is also suggested that support systems in which the elderly individual may feel dependent (relatives, friends, community) could possibly have negative consequences for dietary intake. 1984 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics

author list (cited authors)

  • McIntosh, W. A., & Shifflett, P. A.

citation count

  • 35

complete list of authors

  • McIntosh, William A||Shifflett, Peggy A

publication date

  • January 1984