Loneliness and self-reported health among older persons in New Zealand

La Grow, Stephen, Neville, Stephen, Alpass, Fiona and Rodgers, Vivien (2012) Loneliness and self-reported health among older persons in New Zealand. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 31 2: 121-123. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2011.00568.x

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Author La Grow, Stephen
Neville, Stephen
Alpass, Fiona
Rodgers, Vivien
Title Loneliness and self-reported health among older persons in New Zealand
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2011.00568.x
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 121
End page 123
Total pages 3
Place of publication Richmond VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Subject 321105 Mental Health Nursing
Formatted abstract
Aim:  The purpose of this study was to identify the rate, degree and impact of loneliness in a sample of 332 older community-dwelling New Zealanders.

Methods: 
A cross-sectional survey was used to collect self-reported data on loneliness, physical and mental health, age, sex and marital status. Eight per cent of the sample was found to be severely lonely, 44% moderately lonely and 48% not lonely. Participants were assigned to three groups by level of loneliness and compared on age, sex, marital status and health.

Results:  The groups were found to differ on physical (F[2,329]= 5.3, P = 0.006) and mental health (F[2,329]= 13.7, P < 0.001) but not on age, sex or marital status.

Conclusions:
  Those who were in the severely and moderately lonely groups scored lower on both health measures than those in the not lonely group.
Keyword Age distribution
Loneliness
Mental health
Physical health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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