Living in single person households and the risk of isolation

Banks, Laura, Haynes, P. and Hill, Michael (2009) Living in single person households and the risk of isolation International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, 4 (1). pp. 55-86. ISSN 1652-8670

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Abstract

Data from the International Social Survey Programme (2001) was used to analyse the social networks of older people and whether living in single person households increased the risk of isolation. When comparing respondents with one or more adult children, there was no significant difference in the likelihood of experiencing familial isolation between people living in single person households and those living in larger households. A majority of those living in single person households had at least regular contact with a sibling, adult child or close friend and participated in a social organisation. Friends compensate to some extent for a lack of support from the family, although in southern and eastern European countries, other relatives appeared to be more important in support networks. People living in single person households were more likely to experience isolation, but this was largely related to advanced age and childlessness. Whilst a very small minority in Japan were living in single person households, they were significantly more likely to be severely isolated than those living in single person households in other countries.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:isolation; older people; single person households; childlessness; ISSP
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences > L400 Social Policy
L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.3384/ijal.1652-8670.094155
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
ID Code:5826
Deposited By:editor sass
Deposited On:28 Jul 2009
Last Modified:09 Oct 2013 09:04

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