Strong social ties help middle-aged folk grow more resilient: Study

The study also found that the perception - of having more than enough money - and volunteering to help others on an informal basis are associated with greater resilience.
The study also found that the perception - of having more than enough money - and volunteering to help others on an informal basis are associated with greater resilience. PHOTO: ST FILE

Such bonds improve self-esteem and ability to cope with stress

When it comes to coping with the adversities of life in middle age, a new study has found that it is the strength of bonds with relatives and friends - and not the number of such ties - that leads to significantly higher resilience.

The study, which polled over 1,600 Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 50 to 59 is the first local study to examine the factors contributing to psychological resilience in middle-aged adults.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline 'Strong social ties help middle-aged folk grow more resilient: Study'. Print Edition | Subscribe