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Social Support and Sense of Loneliness in Solitary Older Adults

  • Xue BaiEmail author
  • Shuyan Yang
  • Fu Lee Wang
  • Martin Knapp
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10108)

Abstract

Older people are vulnerable to loneliness and isolation. Solitary seniors are more likely to suffer the feelings of loneliness with inadequate social networks. Based on a face-to-face questionnaire survey with 151 community-dwelling solitary seniors, the present study examined the associations between social support and the sense of loneliness among solitary older adults in Hong Kong. The results showed that poor mental health status, financial inadequacy and weak social support networks were significantly associated with the sense of loneliness of solitary older adults, with social support being the most prominent risk factor. Frequent contacts with siblings, relatives or friends were found to be important sources of social support to combat loneliness. Policy and service implications are discussed.

Keywords

Loneliness Social support Hong kong Solidary older chinese 

Notes

Acknowledgement

The work described in this study was supported by a grant from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1-ZVGD) and a grant from Research Grants Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IDS11/15).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xue Bai
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shuyan Yang
    • 2
  • Fu Lee Wang
    • 3
  • Martin Knapp
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Applied Social SciencesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  3. 3.Caritas Institute of Higher EducationHong KongChina
  4. 4.Personal Social Services Research UnitLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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