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Justin T. McDaniel, PhD Twitter
Kevin N. Hascup, PhD
Erin R. Hascup, PhD
David L. Albright, PhD
Juliane P. Wallace, PhD


In this study, our aim was to improve understanding of the role of social support – which is the subject of a Healthy People 2030 goal – in the likelihood of adverse health behaviors among persons with subjective cognitive decline (SCD).


We used a multinomial logistic regression model to examine the association between social support and alcohol misuse in a sample of individuals with SCD (N = 474) from the 2015-2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).


Overall, 9.4% (95% CI = 6.7, 13.2) of the individuals with SCD reported “never” receiving needed social/emotional support and 7.0% (95% CI = 4.6, 10.5) of individuals with SCD reported “never” receiving help with activities of daily living. Results showed that 4.4% (95% CI = 2.7, 7.5) of participants reported heavy alcohol consumption, binge consumption of alcohol, or both. Lower scores on a 2-item composite measure of social support were associated with increased risk of binge consumption of alcohol with co-engagement in heavy alcohol use throughout the week (RRR = 1.92, p = .04) in adjusted analyses.


We showed that low social support may be associated with an adverse health behavior among persons with SCD.

Source: Health Behavior and Policy Review, Volume 9, Number 1, January 2022, pp. 628-635(8)
Publisher: Paris Scholar Publishing Ltd.