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dc.contributor.authorMedvene, Louis J.
dc.contributor.authorNilsen, Kari M.
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Rachel A.
dc.contributor.authorOfei-Dodoo, Samuel
dc.contributor.authorDiLollo, Anthony
dc.contributor.authorWebster, Noah
dc.contributor.authorGraham, Annette
dc.contributor.authorNance, Anita
dc.identifier.citationLouis J. Medvene , Kari M. Nilsen , Rachel Smith , Samuel Ofei-Dodoo , Anthony DiLollo , Noah Webster , Annette Graham , Anita Nance. Social networks and links to isolation and loneliness among elderly HCBS clients. Aging & Mental Health Vol. 20, Iss. 5, 2016en_US
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dc.description.abstractObjectives: The purpose of this study was to explore the network types of HCBS clients based on the structural characteristics of their social networks. We also examined how the network types were associated with social isolation, relationship quality and loneliness. Method: Forty personal interviews were carried out with HCBS clients to assess the structure of their social networks as indicated by frequency of contact with children, friends, family and participation in religious and community organizations. Hierarchical cluster analysis was conducted to identify network types. Results: Four network types were found including: family (n = 16), diverse (n = 8), restricted (n = 8) and religious (n = 7). Family members comprised almost half of participants' social networks, and friends comprised less than one-third. Clients embedded in family, diverse and religious networks had significantly more positive relationships than clients embedded in restricted networks. Clients embedded in restricted networks had significantly higher social isolation scores and were lonelier than clients in diverse and family networks. Discussion: The findings suggest that HCBS clients' isolation and loneliness are linked to the types of social networks in which they are embedded. The findings also suggest that clients embedded in restricted networks are at high risk for negative outcomes.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding for this project was provided by the Wichita State University Institute on Aging.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Groupen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAging & Mental Health;v.20:no.5
dc.subjectTypes of servicesen_US
dc.subjectSocial supporten_US
dc.subjectQuality of life/well-beingen_US
dc.titleSocial networks and links to isolation and loneliness among elderly HCBS clientsen_US
dc.rights.holder© 2016 Informa UK Limited, an Informa Group company.en_US

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