ERIC Number: ED151709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-22
Reference Count: 0
Discriminators of Loneliness Among the Rural Elderly: Implications for Intervention.
Kivett, Vira R.
The purpose of this study was to determine the most important physical and social discriminators of loneliness among 418 rural adults aged 65 to 99 years. A multiple stepwise discriminant analysis which incorporated 18 classifying variables was used to determine the best classifiers of adults into three levels of loneliness. Two significant functions of loneliness were derived, the first and the most important of which maximized distances between the quite often and the almost never lonely. The profile of the "quite often" lonely was the female who had lost a spouse through death and had incurred important physical losses such as health and eyesight. These persons were also distinguishable because they had inadequate transportation and little social activity except for frequent telephoning. The second function characterized the "occasionally" lonely who were generally advantaged in terms of health and transportation but were limited by having no mate. Implications for intervention are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y., October, 1977)