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Social Capital and Loneliness Among the Very Old Living at Home and in Institutional Settings: A Comparative Study
National Institute Health and Welf, Finland .
Northumbria University, England .
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2191-4728
National Institute Health and Welf, Finland .
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Aging and Health, ISSN 0898-2643, E-ISSN 1552-6887, Vol. 25, no 6, 1013-1035 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the association between aspects of social capital and loneliness among the very old living at home and in institutional settings. Method: Half of those aged 85 years, and all 90- and 95-year-olds and older in urban and rural municipalities in northern Sweden and western Finland were invited to participate in a cross-sectional population-based study in 2005-2007. A sample of 483 participants who completed the study was included in the analyses. Results: Loneliness was experienced by 55% percent of those living in institutional settings often or sometimes and 45% of those living in their own homes. Loneliness was closely related to living alone, to depression, and to region (northern Sweden). Discussion: Social capital and loneliness are context dependent (i.e., geographical or living environment). Among the very old, the link between social capital resources and loneliness is also highly influenced by health status.

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SAGE Publications (UK and US) , 2013. Vol. 25, no 6, 1013-1035 p.
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social capital, loneliness, very old, Finland, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98224DOI: 10.1177/0898264313497508ISI: 000324036300007OAI: diva2:653213
Available from: 2013-10-03 Created: 2013-10-03 Last updated: 2014-03-03

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