All potential participants were offered a printed participant information sheet and letter of invitation by the person who recruited them. We draw from individual, in-depth interviews with 44 older adults, and three group interviews comprising 32 older adults. To ensure the robustness and cultural-safety of our analysis, where researchers’ interpretations differed, the researcher leading the data-set was given priority. Ten participants had a support person with them who was either a family member (N = 5, four of whom were Pacific) or their visitor from Age Concern (N = 5). Nevertheless, a number of participants discussed how their neighbourhoods were changing which meant there were no longer opportunities for such casual interactions, and could even become a site for fear or feelings of abandonment when they did not meet their ideal of what a community should be: …nobody's staying where they used to live for 20, 30 years. However, we went to significant lengths to ensure participants were familiar with interviewers before the interview. Sometimes when we got on the bus, and ring the bell, they still keep driving and stop at the next bus stop. It took us a long time to walk a long way back. Positive and supportive social relationships and community connections can help buffer the effects of risk factors in people’s lives. Participants framed their feelings of social connectedness within wider contexts which either enabled or limited their physical ability to get to social situations and/or have the capacity to make meaningful connections. While this might be explained in the context of ‘coming to terms’ with one's new situation (Victor and Bowling, Reference Victor and Bowling2012), we also found that it was an outcome of some participants expanding their social connections in the community (Kohli et al., Reference Kohli, Hank and Künemund2009). People low in social connection are more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, antisocial behavior, and even suicidal behaviors which tend to further increase their isolation. 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. }. 18 November 2019. the experience of belonging and relatedness between people, is a central concept in understanding and evaluating communication media, in particular awareness systems. Query parameters: { 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). Going to the garage and getting the car out, shutting the garage … then at the other end, getting out of the car again. Even the neighbours, I can't talk to them, I can't talk [means she can't speak English]. Note: 1. 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). (2) What factors do older people identify as preventing or operating as barriers to their social connectedness? It's only my sons, no one else I know. 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. Scholars have begun to highlight the way social connection is experienced differently across genders and cultures (Townsend and McWhirter, Reference Townsend and McWhirter2005). 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. Participants also contextualised their ability to connect in relation to their own personality. Characteristics of individual interview participants, Table 2. enhance social connectedness and social support – two aspects of ... characteristics describe the properties of the social network at large, the functional characteristics can influence the ... identifying the different social network related factors that can be used to assess social connectedness … In our analysis we identify three themes about what enabled or prevented social connectedness: (a) getting out of the house, (b) the ability to connect, and (c) feelings of burden. And I go, ‘oh mōrena’ [morning]. Adverse social connectedness can play a role in not just a person’s physical and mental health, but their mortality, too. Until in March this year I stopped playing it, not in my house anymore. Okay, you know, and you go up to them and say what have you been saying about me, and they all look ashamed and walk away. What are they talking about? 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. Step 1: Describe the Problem and Its Context, Step 3: Identify Key Risk and Protective Factors, Safe and Effective Messaging and Reporting, Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, National Organizations and Federal Agencies, comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. protective factors emerge from the current literature on children and young people developing a positive sense of identity and culture (Renshaw, 2019). And that's what happens. Support the development of relationships between youth and positive adults in their lives (e.g., teachers, coaches). The aims of our research were to establish: (1) What do older people see as protective factors that enable or foster their social connectedness? Chinese and Korean participants discussed various community groups formed by older Chinese and Korean people themselves. We thank Louise Rees, Judith Davey and Robyn Dixon for their wider support of the project. The Korean group was held at the house of one of the participants. Alongside these similarities we also discuss important differences. MF02: Well, it depends what's on our agenda for the week. Social Connectedness. The whole team together read transcripts to identify both latent and descriptive themes (Braun and Clarke, Reference Braun and Clarke2006), looking for both similarities and differences across the transcripts as well as the coherence and context within each transcript (Maxwell and Chmiel, Reference Maxwell, Chmiel and Flick2014) and using NVivo 11 to support data analysis. 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). Another strength of our cross-culturally designed project is that we had recruiters and interviewers who were culturally and linguistically matched which helped immensely with data collection and analysis. In-depth interview participants reported varying degrees of social contact and living arrangements. Students: - interpret a recent population profile for the place and suggest reasons why the place … 13th Street, Nicholson Tower, 4N, 4900 Positive and supportive social relationships and community connections can help buffer the effects of risk factors in people’s lives. social connectedness. And then my family started coming home and they'd leave a note on the door, Aunty where are you? Although our initial research design focused on one-on-one interviews, in several cases participants requested group discussions instead; in context, we interpreted these requests as being in line with cultural preferences around discussing sensitive topics and respected their preferences. All authors helped with the conceptualisation of the project, the analysis of the data and editing of the manuscript. This same media, however, was perceived by Asian participants as fuelling the racism they experienced in everyday life. And it gives people something to get out of bed and, you know, aim for. Semi-structured interviews with older adults were conducted in three sites across New Zealand, purposively selected to enhance the possibility for inclusion of people who are often left out of research, and specifically to reflect New Zealand's cultural diversity (we aimed for at least ten interviews from each of four broad cultural groups: Māori, Pacific, NZ European (NZE) and Asian). "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." 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. Our participants’ reflections demonstrate that racism, poverty and inequalities clearly exacerbate social isolation and loneliness, particularly for groups that are minoritised. 1H79SM083028-01. Unpredictable schedules, time apart and other factors can make it difficult to sustain and grow romantic partnerships. 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. "isLogged": "0", Some participants expressed a desire to socialise outside the home because it was too much energy to host people at their own space: Interviewer: And do you meet your friends often? 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 aspiration was usually discreetly alluded to in private interviews rather than explicitly outlined. 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. (MF04). isolated) and still feel a sense of social connectedness, or be surrounded by people (i.e. Social connectedness was conceptualised as multi-levelled: relating to interpersonal relationships as much as neighbourhoods and wider society. Other participants emphasised their desire to spend time around people in coffee shops or malls, which appeared to be more about being seen as social beings than necessarily having conversations with others. MM03: Like myself, I'm partly losing my sight. Her and I are both Māori and, you know. "hasAccess": "1", We understand this project as offering a new lens to help contribute to the burgeoning field of research about older peoples’ experiences of loneliness and social isolation, including in the increasingly multi-cultural New Zealand setting (Jamieson et al., Reference Jamieson, Gibson, Abey-Nesbit, Ahuriri-Driscoll, Keeling and Schluter2017; Wright-St Clair and Nayar, Reference Wright-St Clair and Nayar2017). Feelings of burden were closely associated with family narratives. (EM09). (AF01). Connectedness and support can be enhanced through social programs directed at specific groups (such as older adults or LGBT youth), as well as through activities that support the development of positive and supportive communities. This is fair. Late-life migration also plays an important role in inhibiting social connection to the wider community, although a critical factor appears to be English proficiency rather than ethnicity per se (Park et al., Reference Park, Morgan, Wiles and Gott2019). 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) 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. "comments": true, An update of the IOM book, Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders, this work focuses on the research base and program experience with young populations. People here cannot always think we are profit at other's expense. Ethics approval was gained from the University of Auckland's Human Participants Ethics Committee and additional health board-specific ethics approval was attained for recruitment of participants via Older People's Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination (NASC) teams at two hospitals. We began by asking what our participants saw as important to them and we then had a discussion to identify and describe their social connections. This played out in more abstract levels as well, e.g. This was apparent in one NZE man's vivid description of the exhausting and difficult work getting out of the house means for him: …crawling into the car, getting in and out of the car … with my restricted ability to move around. We approached social connectedness from a social constructionist theoretical framework, inspired by the approach of Victor et al. Friends come to me to play mah-jong [which] could be very troublesome. When thinking about designing interventions for diverse populations, policy makers need to consider how enablers of social connectedness for some (especially the culturally hegemonic group) can result in social exclusion for others (Weldrick and Grenier, Reference Weldrick and Grenier2018). The character of a place results from “a distinct mixture [italics in original] of wider and more local social relations,” so that an understanding of sense of place “can only be constructed by linking that place to places beyond” (Massey, 1993, p. 68). So that keeps me cooking, you know? 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. By that I can only see from one eye, and my children always say oh you're only one-eyed anyway, you know. (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). Great connection with my neighbours. As one lamented: I'm sure there are lots of lonely people like me. MF02: Well, there's only one actually. We translated all material into Mandarin and Korean to ensure successful recruitment. And then after I read, I put it out and say my prayer, and this is my every day thing now. No one in this area, I am alone … there is no one I can talk to. Social support and connection are key protective factors against suicide. My sisters are ‘where are you? The lead author (TM) worked with the lead researcher of each culturally specific data-set to code each transcript. (AF01). 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). 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. Yes, so I try to make do without having to depend on them. 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. The three themes identified were: getting out of the house, ability to connect and feelings of burden. 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). This highlights the urgent need for more age-friendly city planning and age- and diversity-awareness of public transport staff (World Health Organization, 2007). "metricsAbstractViews": false, Pacific participants tended to refer to their whole family as their contact rather than single out a family member. MF02: Oh yeah. 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. Further questions explored experiences of loneliness and barriers and facilitators to social connectedness. This paper reflects a diverse group of Pacific, Māori, Asian and NZE older adults’ views on what enables and/or impedes social connectedness. The process used in this study was inclusive of younger adults (age 40–65) as well as older adults (65+) in order to further understand how they envision a community that could support their own aging in place. 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. 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. Older people can feel socially connected on one of these levels, but at the same time lack a sense of social connection on others. Create and sustain peer-delivered services and support groups. 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). (EF11). Yeah, but you know, a lot of times you don't feel like asking them because you know that they're busy with their lives. From a healthy youth development perspective, enhancing protective connectedness factors represents an important aspect of improving adolescent health outcomes.16, 17 We previously found that TGNC youth report lower levels of protective social connections, including family connectedness (eg, ability to talk with mother/father about problems and feeling cared for by parents … The local neighbourhood was on the whole treated as an ambiguous site for social connectedness. 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. We identified three themes that underpinned their experiences of being socially connected: getting out of the house, the ability to connect and feelings of burden. ; May 7, 2020 - Notice of Additional Due Date and Additional “Areas of Focus Especially of Interest” of PAR-19-373 and PAR-19-384. All participants provided written consent to participate, with the exception of one group discussion where verbal consent was recorded due to the size of the group (N = 22; this took place in response to the audience's enthusiasm following a presentation to an Age Concern coffee group by the researcher, where participants had the opportunity to opt in to participate following the close of the coffee morning, after a group discussion about informed consent. These participants also tried to ameliorate their lack of social connection in their immediate surrounding by using telephone and/or social messaging platforms such as Skype, Weibo or Kakkako to connect with family and friends at home. Most of our participants preferred to socialise with people from similar cultural backgrounds where they shared taken-for-granted social customs and knowledges. 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. Characteristics of group interview participants. And that's why I reach out, I think I reach out to my bible, I pray at that time, in that moment, and read. In general participants said they preferred community groups that were grounded in their own culture and language. Due to the size of the group, specific individual-level data were not collected for each member of the group. Connectedness between persons. In other cases participants felt let down by their families and therefore turned their efforts to making friends based on mutual interests or circumstances, as captured in this group interaction: …I left about 48 years ago now, and I've only just moved back two years. Something they're committed to and get into it, they get regimented. 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). "openAccess": "0", Close this message to accept cookies or find out how to manage your cookie settings. This work was supported by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment National Science Challenge under the Ageing Well fund. 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). Moreover, by including a culturally diverse set of participants and utilising a culturally comparative approach, we have been able to capture empirically how social connectedness is a culturally mediated and constantly negotiated phenomena, rather than a universal construct (Townsend and McWhirter, Reference Townsend and McWhirter2005). "lang": "en" Losing one's mobility was by no means the end of social connections. (PF04). We conducted both a thematic and narrative analysis of our participants’ talk in order to make comparisons across groups as well as examining how our participants constructed themselves and their circumstances to the interviewer and in relation to peers in the case of the group discussions (Wiles et al., Reference Wiles, Rosenberg and Kearns2005; Braun and Clarke, Reference Braun and Clarke2006). At the level of individual connectedness, a very clear pathway is that in times of stress, the number and quality of social ties people have can directly influence their access to social support—regardless of whether that support is instrumental or emotional, actual or perceived. This prejudice is added to our group. TM, LW, SB, TM-M, OD and H-JP were involved in data collection. View all Google Scholar citations A narrative example from the Chinese group, told in the course of a heated discussion about the wider prejudice older migrants experience, illustrates: Y: Old men like us came to this place, it seemed we are taking the advantage of the government. (AF01). Chinese and Korean participants, particularly in the group conversations, strongly voiced their concern that drivers were racially discriminatory and would intentionally drive past them, which exacerbated their feelings of being left out of mainstream New Zealand society. With regard to gender, we found that men in our sample all used either email or other forms of social media regularly to maintain their professional, public identities, whereas women in general preferred individuated, emotionally nurturing and ‘dinky-di’ friendships, thus reflecting more traditionally gendered sociability (Hurd-Clarke and Bennett, Reference Hurd-Clarke and Bennett2013). NZE participants liked to stay abreast with mainstream national news in order to commune with their ‘imagined community’ of New Zealand society (Anderson, Reference Anderson1983; Register and Scharer, Reference Register and Scharer2010). In the past I played mah-jong twice a week at my home. This process also made it very clear who did not have many (or any) close connections. An interview guide was developed for the individual interviews. Kinsey, Debbie Ethics approval was gained from the University of Auckland's Human Participants Ethics Committee in April 2016 (016593). 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. Data were analysed using thematic and narrative analyses. Somebody said go online, and I thought well that'd be fun, but I haven't got a computer. In the remainder of cases participants did not have pets; many said this was because they did not think they could look after them effectively or expressed some conflict about whether the feeling of connection they might attain from a pet would offset the burden involved with taking care of them. We would like thank our participants for their generosity of their time and insights. While social connectedness is heralded as a key enabler of positive health and social outcomes for older people, rarely have they themselves had the opportunity to express their views about the concept. However, operationalizing meaningful family involvement within SOCs remains a challenge, with little attention paid to the role of personal social support networks (PSSNs). 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