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Individual experiences as cultural
 — a cross-cultural study on loneliness among the elderly
Author(s)Marja Jylha, Jukka Jokela
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 10, part 3, September 1990
Pagespp 295-315
KeywordsLoneliness ; Cross cultural surveys ; International.
AnnotationData from six European regions participating in the Eleven Country Study on Health Care of the Elderly suggested that feelings of loneliness were more prevalent in areas where living alone was rarest and where community bonds were strongest. Individual variables describing life-situation did not explain the differences. This article examines loneliness as an historical and cultural phenomenon. It is argued that loneliness reflects, through complex mediations, the mutual relationship between the individual and the community and the extent to which the ideology of individualism prevails in society. Studied more closely to understand are the role of the family and community in the industrial town Tampere, Finland and rural Greece. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-910313006 A
ClassmarkDV: 3KA: 72

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