Social interaction and perceived adequacy of interaction of the rural aged

Mary E. Heltsley, Ronald C. Powers

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Abstract

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
JournalGerontologist
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1975

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