Social interaction and perceived adequacy of interaction of the rural aged

Mary E. Heltsley, Ronald C. Powers

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Older people are often considered to be socially isolated from their children and friends. This study suggests that the feelings of isolation experienced by some older people may be more likely than their actual lack of interaction. Data were collected from 163 subjects, aged 60 and older, by interview. Differences in factors related to the reported frequency of social interaction by the aged and their perceived adequacy of interaction were identified. Significant differences were obtained for the age and income variables and two of the proximity variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-536
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1975

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Funding Information:
1. The data for this analysis were collected as a part of a study funded by the Iowa Commission on Aging and the Home Economics Research Institute, Iowa State Univ. This article is a revision of a paper presented at the American Home Economics Association meeting in Los Angeles, June, 1974. HERI Journal Paper No. 153. Tabular data may be obtained from the authors. 2. Dept. of Family Environment, Iowa State Univ., Ames, Iowa 50010.


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