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Study Finds that Neighbors Improve Well-being in Middle and Later Life

Institute faculty member Emily Greenfield in collaboration with Laurent Reyes, a School of Social Work graduate, and intern with Project L/Earn,explored whether frequency of contact and perceived neighbor support for adults in middle and later life are important for psychological well-being. Results showed that having continuously low levels of contact with neighbors or losing contact with neighbors over the 10-year study period was associated with declining levels of psychological well-being including feelings of purpose in life, personal growth, autonomy, feeling in charge of one’s life, self-acceptance, and positive relations with others.

The study, "Continuity and Change in Relationships with Neighbors: Implications for Psychological Well-being in Middle and Later Life," is published in the September issue of The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences.

Read the article from Rutgers Today here.

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