Type

Journal Article

Authors

Brian A. Lawlor
Síle Carney
Caoimhe Hannigan
Joanna E. McHugh Power

Subjects

Sociology

Topics
older adults analysis and design psychology rural ireland data analysis irish adults welfare of older people qualitative

Exploring the meaning of loneliness among socially isolated older adults in rural Ireland: a qualitative investigation (2017)

Abstract Dominant theories in loneliness literature describe it as a biological, universal phenomenon, yet culture also plays a role. Previous researchers have called for an exploration of the meaning of loneliness in diverse cultures. In order to examine this meaning among rural older Irish adults, we conducted semi-structured interviews with a sample of nine such individuals who had identified as socially isolated and opted into receipt of a befriending service to help alleviate this isolation. An interpretative phenomenological framework was used to inform design and data analysis. Themes were developed from transcripts of the interviews. Results describe four themes within the data: presence or absence of others and loneliness; loneliness as a consequence of inactivity; loneliness as a type of vulnerability; and personal preferences, personal characteristics, and loneliness. Results are discussed in terms of their theoretical and practical implications. Of particular interest are the associations that participants drew between loneliness and boredom, and loneliness and security, since this suggests that intervening upon these relatively modifiable experiences may serve to alleviate loneliness for older adults.
Collections Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare: Welfare of older people
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Status = Published
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Type = Article
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Status = Published
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare: Welfare of older people
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Type = Article

Full list of authors on original publication

Brian A. Lawlor, Síle Carney, Caoimhe Hannigan, Joanna E. McHugh Power

Experts in our system

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Brian A. Lawlor
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 125
 
2
Síle Carney
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 10
 
3
Caoimhe Hannigan
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 58
 
4
Joanna E. McHugh Power
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 32