Examining the Protective Effects of Social Relationships on Dementia Worry
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The possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or another form of dementia generates fear and anxiety in many individuals, and has been termed dementia worry (DW). The perceived ability to effectively cope with dementia has been proposed as a mitigating factor for DW. Various forms of social relationships, and the support they provide, have been shown to promote healthy coping, positive emotion regulation, overall well-being, and lower health-related anxiety. The proposed study examined four facets of social relationships—perceived emotional support, social network size, social ...