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ERIC Number: EJ1176981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-905X
Social Relationship Network and Communication at Old Age
Boz, Hayat
Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences, v13 n1 p81-93 2018
Old age is a period when the social environment of the elderly person shrinks due to reasons such as loss of social role, health, decline of income and empty nest situation. This research was carried out in order to determine, how elderly people use the social relationship networks and communication with their environment, to satisfy the needs for establishing relationships with other people, acceptance and belonging. In this study, interview technique was used as qualitative data collection method and four female and six male participants aged 65 and over were interviewed. Questions about socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, daily life activities and obstacles, social acquaintances, what kind of people they wanted to socialise with or not, their preferences in communication content, who they had been in conflict with in and why, were asked to participants. Among the daily activities, worshiping, listening to radio and watching television were done without gender difference, and it was found that not being able to 'visit neighbours' was in the first place among the activities that could not be done, but this was also prevented by their spouse, the daughter-in-law or the children. Their children and grandchildren were their main social acquaintances, and these were followed by relatives. They were mainly talking about the current events and politics. They preferred to talk to people with similar personality traits and people whom were generally acceptable to society. They, mainly, had conflicts with their daughters, spouse, daughter in-laws and siblings about not doing what they wanted or being obstructed about the things they wanted to do and have financial issues. Participants who had lost their spouse and participants who lost their peers felt loneliness and felt sad for being lonely. The participants felt health was the bad aspect of being old; and being able to worship as they wanted to and getting respect were good aspects of being old. The worry about the future was determined to be individual in some participants and general in others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Ankara)
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