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Being alone in later life: loneliness, social isolation and living alone

By Christina Victor, Sasha Scambler, John Bond and Ann Bowling

Abstract

The context for the review of loneliness and social isolation in later life is that of 'successful aging' and 'quality of life'. The term 'quality of life' includes a broad range of areas of life and there is little agreement about the definition of the term. Models of quality of life range from identification of 'life satisfaction' or 'social wellbeing' to models based upon concepts of independence, control, and social and cognitive competence. However, regardless of how the concept of quality of life is defined, research has consistently demonstrated the importance of social and family relationships in the definition of a 'good quality of life'

Topics: health
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2000
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.kingston.ac.uk:17294
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