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Intervention against loneliness in a group of elderly women
 — a process evaluation
Author(s)Lars Andersson
Journal titleHuman Relations, vol 37, no 4, 1984
Pagespp 295-310
KeywordsOlder women ; Loneliness ; Social work ; Sweden.
AnnotationThis article describes a method (the CCC design) for undertaking social work with older people. This intervention programme, designed to strengthen the local network, is based on three sociopsychological concepts: social Comparison; personal Control; and availability of a Confidant. The presenting symptom is the experience of loneliness. Also examined is how far the sample was representative of older people who had shown interest in institutional living and among whom the experience of loneliness could be expected, and also whether the intervention efforts were undertaken as specified. Results indicate that when subjects are randomly assigned to a treatment they have not sought, the participants, as compared to non-participants, seem to be somewhat higher in socioeconomic status and some of its correlates, but lower in self-esteem. On the whole, the proposed method seems easy enough to execute and can accordingly be applied to other populations. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930628016
ClassmarkBD: DV: IG: 76P *

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