To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper to examine enablers and barriers to social connectedness from the perspective of older people themselves. We recruited half of our sample through support of managers at three Age Concern centres who helped us to identify and contact people who are enrolled in the Accredited Friendly Visitor service, a befriending service which consists of a weekly volunteer visit to an older person who has expressed a desire for more company. Programs and practices that promote social connectedness and support are one element of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. But we say hello, ’cos I've gotta go past her unit. Berger and Luckmann (1966) describe a three-stage process of institutionalization through which social knowledge is passed down to new members of humanity: externalization, objectivation, and internalization. We applied the visa and the government was willing to accept our applications. In addition to the substantial similarities across participants, we also found important differences. The small numbers of men willing to participate in the Māori, Pacific and Asian groups meant we are unable to provide an in-depth comparative gendered analysis. Working with a diverse group of Pacific, Māori, Asian and New Zealand European older adults, this paper explores what matters to older people when discussing social connectedness? Additional health board-specific ethics approval was attained for recruitment of participants via Older People's Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination teams at two hospitals: Counties Manukau Research Office (2291) and Waitemata DHB (RM13321). 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In general participants said they preferred community groups that were grounded in their own culture and language. 3 table of contents executive summary 2 introduction 4 literature review 6 belonging amongst older people 6 social connectedness in low-income and middle-income countries 8 gender and cultural norms in social connectedness 10 methodology 12 examining social connectedness and belonging 12 ethics and limitations 14 results, discussion, and analysis 15 Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Cambridge, UK, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, Social Work and Community Welfare, Western Sydney University, Parramatta, Australia, School of Nursing, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X1900165X, Reference Cruwys, Dingle, Haslam, Haslam, Jetten and Morton, Reference Seeman, Kaplan, Knudsen, Cohen and Guralnik, Reference Wiles, Allen, Palmer, Hayman, Keeling and Kerse, Reference Bellingham, Cohen, Jones and Spaniol, Reference Ibrahim, Abolfathi Momtaz and Hamid, Reference Rantakokko, Iwarsson, Vahaluoto, Portegijs, Viljanen and Rantanen, Reference Cattan, White, Bond and Learmouth, Reference Jamieson, Gibson, Abey-Nesbit, Ahuriri-Driscoll, Keeling and Schluter, Reference Goll, Charlesworth, Scior and Stott, Reference Stanley, Moyle, Ballantyne, Jaworski, Corlis, Oxlade, Stoll and Young, Reference Bantry-White, O'Sullivan, Kenny and O'Connell, Non-representational Theory & Health: The Health in Life in Space-time Revealing, The symbolic representation of community in social isolation and loneliness among older people: insights for intervention from a rural Irish case study, Connectedness: some skills for spiritual health, Social needs of older people: a systematic literature review, Preventing social isolation and loneliness among older people: a systematic review of health promotion interventions, Loneliness and social support of older people living alone in a county of Shanghai, China, The social connectedness of older adults: a national profile, The Foundations of Social Research: Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process, Social group memberships protect against future depression, alleviate depression symptoms and prevent depression relapse, The importance of social connectedness in building age-friendly communities, Effects of social integration on preserving memory function in a nationally representative US elderly population, The role of social engagement and identity in community mobility among older adults aging in place, When the snowball fails to roll and the use of ‘horizontal’ networking in qualitative social research, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Barriers to social participation among lonely older adults: the influence of social fears and identity, The older, the lonelier? For example, a recent systematic review highlighted the way that cultural differences play a role in shaping older people's needs (Bruggencate et al., Reference Bruggencate, Luijkx and Sturm2018). It took us a long time to walk a long way back. For example, many Māori participants described how they enjoyed the kaumātua (Māori elder) day-programme because it was designed around shared customs such as karakia (prayer) and the sharing of food. and protective factors emerge from the current literature on children and young people developing a positive sense of identity and culture (Renshaw, 2019). And consequently [it has reduced] my interests in going out anywhere, reducing my ability [and] my willingness to do anything ’cos it was such a rigmarole. Positive and supportive social relationships and community connections can help buffer the effects of risk factors in people’s lives. Like most families, my own has felt the impacts of adverse social connectedness. Participants also contextualised their ability to connect in relation to their own personality. This prejudice is added to our group. In situations of poor health, we found that proximal environments, especially relationships with neighbours, became increasingly important for opportunities for daily experiences of connection (Yen et al., Reference Yen, Shim, Martinez and Baker2012; Michael and Yen, Reference Michael and Yen2014). Seven of our participants had either a cat or a dog but they did not speak in any particular length about them. Kinsey, Debbie It involves feeling loved, cared for, and valued, and forms the basis of interpersonal relationships. Data segments were then further reviewed by two researchers to produce the final themes. People are coming and going all the time, so nobody's actually reaching out into their neighbourhood. * Views captured on Cambridge Core between 18th November 2019 - 9th January 2021. Pacific participants were also far more likely to live with another family member (eight of ten compared to two of 13 European participants) and have a family member present at the interview (four of ten). In this way, the social connectedness approach pushes against ageist assumptions, which are often internalised by older people themselves, that later life necessarily involves diminished social contact and increased levels of social isolation and loneliness (Cornwell et al., Reference Cornwell, Laumann and Schumm2008; Kohli et al., Reference Kohli, Hank and Künemund2009). Close this message to accept cookies or find out how to manage your cookie settings. MF02: Oh yeah. Nevertheless, participants also expressed concerns around finances as an additional limitation to socialising, especially for those reliant solely on their government pension for income, as a Korean group discussion participant succinctly put it: ‘[b]ecause we feel hesitant due to financial matters, we tend not to meet up as often’ (F, KG). Alongside these similarities we also discuss important differences. Participants strove to portray themselves as resourceful and agentic and often focused their narratives on outlining what they did happily on their own as much as what they did with others. "crossMark": true, In line with previous research, we also found that feelings of social connection could improve in later life (Cornwell et al., Reference Cornwell, Laumann and Schumm2008; Victor et al., Reference Victor and Bowling2012). Strategies target multiple levels of influence including attitudes and knowledge as well as the social and physical environments. All male participants in the in-depth interviews used email, and two used Facebook, to maintain their business contacts and/or connection with other organisations of men. Not speaking English also left late-life migrants in particularly precarious situations when anything happened to their existing social support network: When we first moved here, if there are Korean people we all became friends, then now, since we have been here long and since this [admission to hospital] happened to my husband [we] all disconnected. Social connectedness is of such relevance to humans that it is believed to have been a central element of human evolution, as natural selection would favor individuals capable of making positive social contact; group affiliation would provide more care, food, and protection, and thus ensure survival of socially “skilled” individuals (Baumeister and Leary, 1995). Specifically, risk factors related to the variations in the social connectedness of family social support networks are difficult to identify, assess, and track over time. Is the driving skill so bad? In total, 44 participants took part in individual in-depth interviews and 32 older adults took part across three group discussions (Tables 1 and 2). This is fair. One participant discussed her routine of visiting her new ‘companion’. (Quiet ‘hmms’ and long silence). After our children graduated from college, we agreed them to come to New Zealand. "figures": false For example, some participants became more socially connected by joining and/or volunteering for organisations so as to give back to the community (Stephens et al., Reference Stephens, Breheny and Mansvelt2015), something especially important for Māori participants whose cultural values reflected relationships strengthened by the practice of maanakitanga (reciprocal caring) and for Pacific participants who privileged their spiritual communities. Glover, Lesley It does so by moving beyond individual psychological or physical characteristics to consider the nature of older people's wider social networks (Cornwell et al., Reference Cornwell, Laumann and Schumm2008; Wiles et al., Reference Wiles, Allen, Palmer, Hayman, Keeling and Kerse2009; Yen, Reference Yen, Shim, Martinez and Baker2012) and engagement in the ‘social world in toto’ (Bellingham, Reference Bellingham, Cohen, Jones and Spaniol1989; Lee, Reference Lee, Draper and Lee2001; Register and Scharer, Reference Register and Scharer2010). Scholars have begun to highlight the way social connection is experienced differently across genders and cultures (Townsend and McWhirter, Reference Townsend and McWhirter2005). Query parameters: { The Suicide Prevention Resource Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), under Grant No. A romantic relationship is the closest form of social connectedness for many people. This process of social positioning also highlights how participants drew on related, albeit separate, concepts such as loneliness and belongingness when trying to convey narratively their experiences of connectedness across different levels of interaction, such as family, neighbourhood and society. If there are close friends, I can go out with them and have a cup of tea, do shopping, and chat (laughter), how happy that would be. (Nodding from all members of the group) (Chinese men, CG). When operationalised social connectedness often suffers from definitional ambiguity, standing in for concepts such as collective self-esteem, social engagement, belongingness (Register and Herman, Reference Register and Herman2010), and social integration or social support (Cohen, Reference Cohen2004). However, operationalizing meaningful family involvement within SOCs remains a challenge, with little attention paid to the role of personal social support networks (PSSNs). Participants who were late-life migrants (all Asian and most Pacific participants) highlighted just how exclusionary not being able to speak English proficiently was in their everyday life. Unpredictable schedules, time apart and other factors can make it difficult to sustain and grow romantic partnerships. This paper reflects a diverse group of Pacific, Māori, Asian and NZE older adults’ views on what enables and/or impedes social connectedness. I know, it wasn't there before, now it's here. In this research we worked with a diverse sample of older people living in Aotearoa, New Zealand to explore what they saw as the enablers and barriers to being socially connected in their everyday lives. }. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Participants were offered the option of having a support person with them. Through the Connect for Health Challenge, up to 20 organizations will receive grants of up to $20,000 to implement strategies to increase social connectedness … Preceding the interview, most participants received at least two phone calls to discuss the research and build rapport and a level of trust with the interviewer; further relationship building occurred in person prior to the actual interview, particularly for the Māori, Pacific and Asian participants. An interview guide was developed for the individual interviews. We employed a horizontal sampling strategy, which incorporates a mixture of strong and weak ties as ‘bridges’ into new social networks, thus allowing a number of entry-points to our population (Geddes et al., Reference Geddes, Parker and Scott2018). (PF04). Connectedness between persons. } Each participant was interviewed once and interviews ranged from 16 to 93 minutes; most averaged one hour. For our three participants who shared their pets with other members of their family, pets instrumentally enabled their feelings of social connectedness because it meant they were doing something useful for their family as well as ensuring regular contact between them. Male participants spoke about friendships as a space to learn new things and women talked about the importance of having close friendships; as one female European participant termed it, ‘di dinky’ (true and reliable) friendships (EF03), which enabled you to share your emotions and health concerns. Key structural ways to improve social connectedness should focus on factors that enable cohesion between levels of connection, including stable neighbourhoods serviced with accessible public transport, liveable pensions and inclusivity of cultural diversity. Above all, decreased mobility that impacted participants’ ability to get out of the house or to drive was seen as a substantial restriction to being socially connected. Students discuss factors that influence people’s perceptions of the liveability of places. Other community-based organisations such as the church and ethnically specific community groups and services were seen as good ways to connect, but enthusiasm for these groups was tempered around getting to these spaces as well as conquering nerves of going to a new group of people for the first time. Asian participants lamented the catch-22 that not being able to speak English made it even more difficult to figure out how to get lessons to learn English and their reliance on the pension made it difficult to pay for them. Living is. However, our findings also support previous research which has identified the role that health-related factors such as mobility and diminished energy play in directly and indirectly supporting participants’ ability to connect socially (Heylen, Reference Heylen2010; Smith, Reference Smith2012). TM, LW, SB, TM-M, OD and H-JP were involved in data collection. GS Students undertake an inquiry of the influences on the liveability of a place. Community organisations and policy makers also need to think about availability of transportation when planning their social interventions and reconsider whether home is always the best setting for interventions such as befriending services (Emlet and Moceri, Reference Emlet and Moceri2012). Interview participants are identified by their ethnicity (E: NZE, M: Māori, P: Pacific, A: Asian, O: Other), then gender (M: male, F: female) and the number within their group. Friendships were also celebrated, even in their absence, for their ability to enable further social interaction and access to other social spaces: I have no one. for this article. where are you roaming?’, so I had to put a note on the board and ‘say come back and see me after 3 o'clock when my mokopuna's [grandchild] home. "comments": true, "peerReview": true, Speaking of loneliness, there may be some because we are not familiar with the social systems, but the mainstream's view about us make us feel even lonely. People low in social connection are more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, antisocial behavior, and even suicidal behaviors which tend to further increase their isolation. (MF04). discussion of factors that enhance social connectedness eg transport, technology, open spaces, meeting places, employment ; Enhancing liveability Students: investigate strategies used to enhance the liveability of places using examples from different countries, for example: (ACHGK047) (EM09). All interviews were digitally recorded and transcribed verbatim. Sometimes when we got on the bus, and ring the bell, they still keep driving and stop at the next bus stop. Female (other than Asian participants) were more likely to emphasise the digital divide which was a barrier to others to connect. Engaging in data-driven strategic planning can help you assess your needs and assets, set goals, review possible program options, and determine which interventions fit your situation and desired outcomes. Create and sustain peer-delivered services and support groups. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Governments need to take the lead by endorsing policies like rent caps that will support longer tenancy in neighbourhoods, especially in contexts of declining or low home-ownership rates among older people. Our findings also highlight that social connectedness is understood by older people as a multi-levelled concept which encompasses the quality of relationships between individuals and families, as well as a sense of belongingness to one's neighbourhood, community and wider society (Register and Scharer, Reference Register and Scharer2010). It’s important to remember that not all social connections are healthy. Group interview participants are also identified by their ethnicity and gender as well as their group (KG: Korean group, CG: Chinese group, MxG: mixed ethnicity group). This is in the context where racism, poverty and inequalities clearly impeded already minoritised participants’ sense of social connection. Social connection is the experience of feeling close and connected to others. This means the the social and cultural nature of social isolation tends to be overlooked, as are the processes and structural factors that produce isolation and loneliness (Walsh et al., Reference Walsh, Scharf and Keating2017; Weldrick and Grenier, Reference Weldrick and Grenier2018). Potential risks include: • the removal from (or absence of) positive exposure to people, places and methods Implement activities in educational institutions that help students increase and strengthen their social networks and connections. By contrast, a few participants described themselves as always being ‘loners’, yet on closer inspection of their narratives this often seemed to be both complicated and to be temporary rather than a life-long persona. http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/Suicide_Strategic_Direction_Fu... Upstream youth suicide prevention expert panel meeting summary, Strategic direction for the prevention of suicidal behavior: Promoting individual, family, and community connectedness to prevent suicidal behavior, Connectedness & Suicide Prevention in College Settings, Preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders among young people: Progress and possibilities, Promoting Connectedness among Older Adults, Promoting Connectedness to Prevent Suicide, Connectedness between individuals (e.g., friends, neighbors, co-workers), Connectedness to community organizations (e.g., schools, faith communities), The connection of groups (e.g., minority groups) to their cultural traditions and history. Older people can feel socially connected on one of these levels, but at the same time lack a sense of social connection on others. Our participants’ reflections demonstrate that racism, poverty and inequalities clearly exacerbate social isolation and loneliness, particularly for groups that are minoritised. Note: 1. Data were analysed using thematic and narrative analyses. And I came back ’cos my family are here, and I wanted to get to know them again, and for my children to know them. Overwhelmingly we found that, in line with previous studies, our participants sought to portray themselves as having agency and being resourceful, and wanted to be able to foster relationships on the basis of mutual respect whilst also bolstering their preferred social identities (Goll et al., Reference Goll, Charlesworth, Scior and Stott2015). European participants for the most part expressed an up-to-date knowledge of the news (either via the radio or newspaper) to communicate their connection to New Zealand society. The group interview guide was adapted from the interview guide to facilitate group discussion, exploring what participants perceive helped and hindered social connection but not including the personalised mapping of social connections. Participants saw the main barriers to achieving connection at this meso-level as structural factors such as limited and unreliable public transport and staff who did not always treat them appropriately or with respect; for some participants, particularly from minoritised groups, this was exacerbated by overt racism towards them. Social support and connection are key protective factors against suicide. Fundamental to social connectedness was participants’ desire to be recognised as resourceful agents able to foster relationships on the basis of mutual respect. Suicide prevention programs should promote programs and practices leading to positive and supportive relationships. No one in this area, I am alone … there is no one I can talk to. Our analysis demonstrates that older people conceptualise social connectedness as a multi-levelled concept that reflected relationships of affinity on the interpersonal level (family, friends), the meso-level of neighbourhood and community, and at the level of culture and society. They now are able to consider intentions of the individual and whether the person intended to do good or cause harm and also what context that person's actions took place in. Our findings thus help to provide additional insight into the findings of Jamieson et al. You know, I don't know how we meet them, you know. "Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship." June 16, 2020 - Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) in Research on Risk and Prevention of Black Youth Suicide. The desire to get out of the house was also influenced by their views on their current living situations. In line with Victor and Bowling (Reference Victor and Bowling2012), we see that support and/or treatment of people's chronic health problems would help to improve older people's opportunities for socially meaningful lives. The three themes identified were: getting out of the house, ability to connect and feelings of burden. Social connectedness was conceptualised as multi-levelled: relating to interpersonal relationships as much as neighbourhoods and wider society. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2019, Hostname: page-component-546c57c664-hvrkn And I think it works both ways, you've got to make the effort to get out there and do something eh. We thank the Te Arai Palliative and End of Life Care Advisory Roopu for their guidance and active support. PF04: Of something like in your mind, you can feel not, that's not you. All participants discussed health decline, which they perceived as age-related, as both directly and indirectly impacting their ability to connect. After they left, I had to mop the floor, and I was really tired. ; May 7, 2020 - Notice of Additional Due Date and Additional “Areas of Focus Especially of Interest” of PAR-19-373 and PAR-19-384. We used cultural customs of hospitality and reciprocity, including offering a koha (Māori word for donation or reciprocal gift) to all participants and kai (Māori word for food) to our Māori participants. Programs and practices that promote social connectedness and support are one element of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. This includes the development of key measures of self-worth and social connectedness. "metricsAbstractViews": false, Some participants felt they could not rely on bus drivers to help them get on and off the bus, which meant they often stayed home rather than risk embarrassment. The former tended to overwhelmingly live with their families and feel connected to them (although they may feel cut off from having friends), while the latter chose not to live with family in order to not burden them (Park, Reference Park, Morgan, Wiles and Gott2019). (EF02). Using the mapping tool to begin individual conversations about people's social connectedness proved a useful way to begin to discuss social contacts without restricting the talk to their specific social networks. The views, opinions, and content expressed in this product do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of CMHS, SAMHSA, or HHS. (Reference Victor, Scambler and Bond2008) to studying social isolation and loneliness as existing ‘in the context of a mental framework or construct for thinking about it’ rather than as objective truths scientists can access unmediated (Crotty, Reference Crotty1998). Governments also need to adjust the pension to a liveable rate that ensures older people can afford to socialise, given the importance this on their health and wellbeing (New Zealand Treasury, 2018). For the purposes of this review, social connectedness is considered ‘an opposite of loneliness, a subjective evaluation of the extent to which one has meaningful, close, and constructive relationships with others (i.e., individuals, groups, and society)’ (O'Rourke and Sidani, Reference O'Rourke and Sidani2017). Total loading time: 0.531 While some participants felt especially ‘emotionally close’ (EF03) to some members of their family and enjoyed their company, the fundamental thing that made these interactions positive was whether they perceived a mutually reciprocated desire to spend time together. One particularly influential yet hard to understand social determinant of health is social connectedness. addressed loneliness/social connectedness for this popula-tion is unclear. 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