The symbolic representation of community in social isolation and loneliness among older people: Insights for intervention from a rural Irish case study.

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dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Siobhán
dc.contributor.author Kenny, Lorna
dc.contributor.author O'Connell, Cathal
dc.contributor.author Bantry White, Eleanor
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-15T11:52:49Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-15T11:52:49Z
dc.date.issued 2018-03-26
dc.identifier.citation Bantry White, E., O'Sullivan, S., Kenny, L. and O'Connell, C. (2018) 'The symbolic representation of community in social isolation and loneliness among older people: Insights for intervention from a rural Irish case study', Health & Social Care In The Community, In Press, doi: 10.1111/hsc.12569 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 28 en
dc.identifier.issn 1365-2524
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6361
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/hsc.12569
dc.description.abstract Social isolation and loneliness are common experiences of ageing in rural communities. Policy responses and interventions for social isolation and loneliness in later life are shaped by sociocultural understandings of place, relationships and social interaction. This study examined how representations of rural community in Ireland influenced the focus, relationships and activities within a befriending intervention designed to tackle social isolation and loneliness. Through a qualitative case study conducted in 2014, the symbolic meaning of the intervention was explored using interviews and focus groups with participants (8 befriended, 11 befrienders and 3 community workers) from one befriending programme in rural Ireland. Reflected in the programme was a representation of a rural community in decline with concern for the impact on older people. There was a valuing of the traditional community defined by geographical place, perceptions of similarity among its members, and values of solidarity and mutual support. The befriending intervention represented a commitment to intra-community solidarity and a desire by many for authentic befriending relationships that mirrored understandings of relationships within the traditional community. Identifying and alleviating social isolation and loneliness imply a set of normative values about community and the optimal social relationships within community. This paper proposes that there is a need to consider the role played by understandings of community in shaping context-sensitive interventions to counter social isolation and loneliness in later life. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.relation.uri https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/hsc.12569
dc.rights © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bantry‐White E, O'Sullivan S, Kenny L, O'Connell C. ‘The symbolic representation of community in social isolation and loneliness among older people: Insights for intervention from a rural Irish case study’,Health Soc Care Community. 2018, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12569. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. en
dc.subject Community en
dc.subject Loneliness en
dc.subject Neighbourhood-based initiatives en
dc.subject Older people en
dc.subject Qualitative methodologies en
dc.subject Social support en
dc.title The symbolic representation of community in social isolation and loneliness among older people: Insights for intervention from a rural Irish case study. en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Eleanor Bantry White, Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: e.bantrywhite@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2019-03-26
dc.date.updated 2018-06-15T11:44:15Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 431673395
dc.internal.pmid 29582501
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Health & Social Care In The Community en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress e.bantrywhite@ucc.ie en
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