ERIC Number: EJ720169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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European and Canadian Studies of Loneliness among Seniors
Canadian Journal on Aging, v23 n2 p181-188 Sum 2004
This article provides a commentary on a set of five other articles reporting European and Canadian studies of loneliness among seniors. It places those works involving Canadian, Dutch, Finnish, and Welsh samples in the larger context of research on loneliness; offers reflections on the methods and findings reported in the articles; and addresses the question, Is loneliness universal? Points of similarity in the articles are identified and possible ways of reconciling discrepant findings regarding age trends and gender differences are put forward. A discrepancy model of loneliness is used as a key framework for explaining several points, including why objective social isolation and loneliness don't always go together.
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Social Isolation, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Older Adults, Foreign Countries
Canadian Counselling Association, 116 Albert Street, Suite 702, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G3 Canada. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Finland; Netherlands; United Kingdom (Wales)