Loneliness among older Malaysians / Jane Teh Kimm Lii, Assoc. Prof Tey Nai Peng and Dr. Ng Sor Tho

Jane, Teh Kimm Lii and Tey, Nai Peng and Ng, Sor Tho (2014) Loneliness among older Malaysians / Jane Teh Kimm Lii, Assoc. Prof Tey Nai Peng and Dr. Ng Sor Tho. In: Forum Penyebaran Data Hasil Penyelidikan LPPKN Siri 2, 8 Mei 2014, Hotel Crystal Crown, Petaling Jaya. (Unpublished)

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Introduction: Loneliness is a prevalent issue among older persons and it is an important indicator of their subjective well-being [1-3]. Loneliness is a perception where “people can live rather solitary lives and not feel lonely, or they can have many social relationships and nevertheless feel lonely” [4]. According to Karnick [5] “feeling lonely is a phenomenon that is a universal lived experience that is significant to health and quality of life”. Persistent loneliness or extreme cases of loneliness may lead to higher risks of psychological disorder, mental health problems, depression or suicide [2, 3, 6-12]. Family support is of great importance in determining the quality of life and well-being of older persons [13, 14]. Adult children’s more frequent contact, care and affection have been found to lessen the experience of loneliness among older persons [15-17]. Nevertheless, higher levels of support for older persons may not always lead to less loneliness. A comparison of social networks of elders between Mediterranean and Non-Mediterranean countries, found that the former have larger families, more children in the household and more exchange of assistance within the household. Despite that, Mediterranean elders indicated a greater sense of loneliness than their non-Mediterranean counterparts [14]. The objective of this study is to examine factors influencing the feeling of loneliness among older Malaysians. We hypothesize that loneliness among older persons varies according to their socio-demographic characteristics, and is affected by their health and physical condition, and community participation, as well as the various forms of family support. Family support is defined as support provided by adult children to older parents. Co-residence is an important and common form of support for older parents [18, 19]. Besides co-residence with adult children, family support includes the four common types of support within households: giving money, paying bills, providing food and other necessities, and doing housework.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: National Population and Family Development Board in collaboration with Population Studies Unit, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya
Keywords: loneliness, older Malaysians, adult children, family support
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 303 Social processes
Division/Agency/State: LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia > Division of Population
Deposited By: Mrs Nor Azaian Abdullah
Deposited On: 09 May 2014 02:59
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 01:57
URI: http://familyrepository.lppkn.gov.my/id/eprint/382

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