With a little help from my friends: Strong bonds make middle-aged more resilient, study finds

The challenge is the difficulty of maintaining relationships for time-starved Singaporeans busy with work and family commitments.
The challenge is the difficulty of maintaining relationships for time-starved Singaporeans busy with work and family commitments.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - 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 between 50 and 59, is the first local study to examine the factors contributing to psychological resilience among middle-aged adults.

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