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Social Interaction, Loneliness, and Emotional Well-Being among the Elderly

Social Interaction, Loneliness, and Emotional Well-Being among the Elderly This study examines the effects of interaction with different types of role partners on the emotional well-being (morale) of older persons, and the extent to which these effects are mediated by subjective feelings of social integration (loneliness). Hypotheses regarding the differential effects of friendship and kinship on these emotional states are developed and tested on a sample of 2872 respondents aged 55 and over. Consistent with the hypotheses, loneliness has a major negative effect on morale, and transmits large proportions of the effects of social integration measures. Feelings of loneliness are reduced, and morale increased, by interaction with friends and, to a lesser extent, neighbors. Interaction with children and grandchildren has no such effects. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research on Aging: An International Bimonthly Journal SAGE

Social Interaction, Loneliness, and Emotional Well-Being among the Elderly

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0164-0275
eISSN
1552-7573
DOI
10.1177/0164027587094001
pmid
3438563
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Abstract

This study examines the effects of interaction with different types of role partners on the emotional well-being (morale) of older persons, and the extent to which these effects are mediated by subjective feelings of social integration (loneliness). Hypotheses regarding the differential effects of friendship and kinship on these emotional states are developed and tested on a sample of 2872 respondents aged 55 and over. Consistent with the hypotheses, loneliness has a major negative effect on morale, and transmits large proportions of the effects of social integration measures. Feelings of loneliness are reduced, and morale increased, by interaction with friends and, to a lesser extent, neighbors. Interaction with children and grandchildren has no such effects.

Journal

Research on Aging: An International Bimonthly JournalSAGE

Published: Dec 1, 1987

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