Physical, Mental and Psychological Health through Personal Networks


The purpose of this study is to examine and quantify the impact of family network and social network on physical, mental and psychological health.


Professor Stephen Simpson, Professor Max Bennett, Professor Ian Caterson, Associate Professor Michael Charleston, Associate Professor Timothy Gill, Professor Liaquat Hossain

Research Location

Charles Perkins Centre – the Judith and David Coffey Life Lab

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Family network and social network are strongly associated with health assessment for elderly people. Based on the findings from this study, family network and social network should be considered as important factors in developing health promotion programs for elderly people. We explore the underlying relationships between the personal social networks and its impact on physical, mental and psychological health of aging population. In particular, we aim to examine the impact of family network and social network on individual physical, mental, and psychological health for each surveyed country as well at macro level exploring aggregate level dataset. Focusing on the micro level, we cluster the data samples on individual demographic characteristics of age, sex, and locality of birth place. We then test the impact of family network and social network on physical, mental and psychological health of elderly people using approaches similar to a macro level for each cluster.

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The Life Lab creates a new kind of graduate and postgraduate training environment at the interface between life, social, economic and physical sciences. Its focus is to address the significant challenges we face from an unsustainable food system that degrades the environmental services it depends on, and creates significant societal health problems. A better understanding of the complexity of the environment-food-health nexus is critical. It is fundamental to building a sustainable society, and one that is more robust to future uncertainties. Our unique approach will be a world-first in shifting research on these growing challenges from treating symptoms to prevention.Life Lab will challenge existing paradigms and university models to create a research training environment in which traditional disciplinary boundaries do not apply. Our ambitious vision is to create an ‘innovation hub' where researchers from disciplines spanning physical, life and social and economic sciences will interface with business, government and agency leaders. It will develop integrated approaches to the challenges that threaten societal wellbeing, and train the next generation of experts with the skills required to find solutions.

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mental health, social networks, social network theory, public health, healthy ageing

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1698

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