The social gerontology stream researches how social relationships, psychological resources and personality characteristics are related to health, wellbeing and cognition in older adulthood. A particular focus is on late life transitions (e.g. retirement, widowhood, residential relocation, and driving cessation) and how psychosocial characteristics of groups and individuals might affect adaptation.
The nature of peoples’ social networks tends to change with advancing age. These changes in both the quality and composition of social relationships over the lifespan have important implications for health, wellbeing and cognition. Developing a better understanding of the links between social relations and ageing well provides the research focus for the social gerontology stream of the CRAHW.
Research in this stream is also concerned with the effects of normative life transitions (eg retirement from work, residential relocation) on healthy ageing outcomes, and the role of different individual characteristics such as personality traits (e.g. control beliefs, approach avoidance tendencies) in shaping the responses of individuals to developmental changes.