The importance of emotional and social isolation to loneliness among very old rural adults.

@article{Dugan1994TheIO,
  title={The importance of emotional and social isolation to loneliness among very old rural adults.},
  author={Elizabeth Dugan and V R Kivett},
  journal={The Gerontologist},
  year={1994},
  volume={34 3},
  pages={340-6}
}
The purpose of this study was to determine the relative importance of emotional and social isolation to loneliness among very old rural adults. The sample (N = 119) was selected using a compact area cluster sampling design. Multiple regression analysis showed that emotional isolation--more specifically, the loss of spouse--accounted for more loneliness than social isolation. Hearing acuity and visits with siblings (social isolation variables) were also significant predictors of loneliness. The… CONTINUE READING
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