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. And because they have to sort of clear their way and for me to have that space, like today. One founded her own choir with someone she met through another Chinese-specific community group she attended. Dyson, Judith Glover, Lesley 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. (EF11). 7 Practices to Increase Social Connection and Resilience in the Workplace Published on June 3, 2015 June 3, 2015 • 18 Likes • 6 Comments They investigate features and characteristics of Sydney Olympic Park that support and enhance people’s wellbeing such as environmental quality, access to services and facilities, social connectedness, cultural and heritage value, safety and aesthetics. However, we went to significant lengths to ensure participants were familiar with interviewers before the interview. Most of our participants preferred to socialise with people from similar cultural backgrounds where they shared taken-for-granted social customs and knowledges. 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). 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). Lee and Robbins (1998) later characterized social connectedness as a type of relational schema or a "cognitive structure representing regularities in pat- 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. protective factors emerge from the current literature on children and young people developing a positive sense of identity and culture (Renshaw, 2019). 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). After our children graduated from college, we agreed them to come to New Zealand. Further questions explored experiences of loneliness and barriers and facilitators to social connectedness. Older people can feel socially connected on one of these levels, but at the same time lack a sense of social connection on others. European participants also seemingly emphasised their hobbies and awareness of current affairs to illustrate that they were interesting people worthy of company. Retrieved from. Consequently, when planning policies at either national or local level to support social connectedness in older age, it is critical to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach and/or making assumptions about what a particular cultural group would benefit from, which may exacerbate barriers to connectedness particularly for the most minoritised groups, and focus rather on giving older people options. 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. So then I started, and I said ‘there's swimming, aquarobics’ ’cos I started going to that just to get in with people, you know, make myself feel, put myself out there to communicate with other people, you know. 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. View all Google Scholar citations 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. As one lamented: I'm sure there are lots of lonely people like me. 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? "subject": true, As one participant put it ‘we're all in this together’ (EF03). "languageSwitch": true, This is in the context where racism, poverty and inequalities clearly impeded already minoritised participants’ sense of social connection. Oklahoma City, OK 73104. Participants also contextualised their ability to connect in relation to their own personality. 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). A romantic relationship is the closest form of social connectedness for many people. What is indicated above is the retrospective impression from the researcher who conducted the group interview. (EM09). For example, one participant who offered a detailed account of her wide social network described herself as a ‘person who loves people’ (OF01). Feelings of burden were closely associated with family narratives. Having the capacity to communicate with others was essential to enabling participants’ sense of connection. Fundamental to social connectedness was participants’ desire to be recognised as resourceful agents able to foster relationships on the basis of mutual respect. Nonetheless, interventions for promoting social connectedness continue to be focused on individual-level related factors such as increasing one-to-one personal contact and promoting group activities and objective measures of social isolation (Cattan et al., Reference Cattan, White, Bond and Learmouth2005; O'Rourke and Sidani, Reference O'Rourke and Sidani2017). This prejudice is added to our group. Many of our participants, either living with family members or council housing, felt they did not have space to host others which was a barrier to establishing or continuing connections: But any friends I have, want to have, I can't, because I have to share and tell my kids I have somebody coming. The desire to get out of the house was also influenced by their views on their current living situations. 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 … And then working with people and really getting to know people, instead of just sitting within four walls. "metricsAbstractViews": false, This played out in more abstract levels as well, e.g. To me, it was easy when I was a bit more mobile, but it's very restrictive now. Involvement in wider social … 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 … 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. Providing clear avenues for older people to volunteer for existing organisations (which may include transport for them to get there) as well as providing support for older people to start their own groups (by offering community spaces at no charge or providing starter funds) are practical steps government and third-sector groups can take to promote social connectedness (Emlet and Moceri, Reference Emlet and Moceri2012). Even the neighbours, I can't talk to them, I can't talk [means she can't speak English]. This paper defines connectedness and presents a connectedness framework and the implications for suicide prevention in college settings. 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. 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 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. 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. 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). Help build positive attachments between families and organizations in the community (e.g., schools and tribal and faith-based organizations). 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). However, it did increase the necessity for leveraging pre-existing social capital, which, as explained below, often led to feelings of burden. The purpose of this paper is to further elucidate the importance of social relationships and social connectedness with aging in place and in developing elder-friendly communities. The society cannot have this kind of prejudice. This played out in the mixed ethnicity group discussion where an initially jovial interaction ended on a more sober note: Interviewer: Once you start losing your hearing or maybe your eyesight, does that lead to loneliness too? 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). We thank Louise Rees, Judith Davey and Robyn Dixon for their wider support of the project. And then after I read, I put it out and say my prayer, and this is my every day thing now. These are all about the meaning of the relationship for the older person. Underpinning discussions of what helped and hindered participants to connect was an emphatically expressed desire not to burden others. By contrast, Korean group discussion participants expressed feelings of alarm when it arose through conversation that only one of them knew that the former New Zealand Prime Minister had recently resigned. We also looked at the overall narrative of the interviews as well as particular stories told by participants, to understand cultural interpretations of connectedness. 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. This highlights the urgent need for more age-friendly city planning and age- and diversity-awareness of public transport staff (World Health Organization, 2007). In-depth interview participants reported varying degrees of social contact and living arrangements. 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. Taken together, these novel insights help respond to key gaps in the literature and policy by providing culturally inclusive evidence upon which to base future interventions to promote social connectedness. 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). 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. There was also mention of desire for new romantic companionship from participants who did not or no longer had a spouse (noting that 38 of the 44 participants were in this category). Participants drew on personal experience or what they had observed in others to indicate that the loss of eyesight and hearing resulted in uncomfortable social interactions and affected confidence for socialising. Where participants described situations when they had encountered loneliness they always showed what they had done about it. 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). Interviewer: And how many are you close to here? 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. Social connectedness is heralded as a positive alternative to the deficits model associated with loneliness and social isolation by re-centring older people's agency and resourcefulness to adapt to social circumstances and remain socially active in later life (Cornwell et al., Reference Cornwell, Laumann and Schumm2008; Register and Scharer, Reference Register and Scharer2010). 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). and 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. We thank the Te Arai Palliative and End of Life Care Advisory Roopu for their guidance and active support. A community forum, using the World Café format, was conducted in order to engage community members, 40 years … This is outlined in a 92-year-old female participant's account of her relationship with her son, which bolstered her enduring identity as a mother and a home-maker: One son, the one that's not married, he comes every Wednesday night for dinner. 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. Participants preferred to socialise with people from similar cultural backgrounds where they shared taken-for-granted social customs and knowledges. Being able to speak to one's neighbours was seen as a way to get regular casual contact: Interviewer: What about your neighbours here? Unpredictable schedules, time apart and other factors can make it difficult to sustain and grow romantic partnerships. 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). This included emphasising the importance of friendships, which signalled freely formed relationships and potentially lessened their reliance on family (Kohli et al., Reference Kohli, Hank and Künemund2009; Shin, Reference Shin2014). Group interviews lasted between one and one-and-a-half hours. This paper reports on individual and group interviews from the initial qualitative phase of a two-phase mixed-methods study on maintaining social connectedness in older age in New Zealand. PF04: Of something like in your mind, you can feel not, that's not you. Each participant was interviewed once and interviews ranged from 16 to 93 minutes; most averaged one hour. Almost half of participants in individual interviews said that they had the most social contact with one of their adult children (N = 18), in seven cases their son. Potential risks include: • the removal from (or absence of) positive exposure to people, places and methods AF07: Yes, I have many friends. Inclusion criteria for participation included being a self-defined older person, self-identifying as wanting more company, and cognitively able to agree to and participate in an extended face-to-face interview. Offering the first response in the larger group discussion to a question about how older people can avoid loneliness, an older NZE participant explains the importance of connection: As long as people are physically able of course, but I think one of the things to help really is to volunteer in the community if possible. 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). And I've been to see them, but you know, they weren't coming to my place and I thought oh that's funny, so I go out of my way to see them. Participants were offered the option of having a support person with them. 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. 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. Social support and connection are key protective factors against suicide. "relatedCommentaries": true, Social psychologists have been studying the human need of belonging for many years. (EF02). We translated all material into Mandarin and Korean to ensure successful recruitment. A further six participants struggled to name a specific person with whom they had regular contact; one participant said she only had regular contact with nurses and one participant said she had regular contact with no one. 1H79SM083028-01. 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. We applied the visa and the government was willing to accept our applications. Connectedness between persons. "openAccess": "0", June 16, 2020 - Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) in Research on Risk and Prevention of Black Youth Suicide. "peerReview": true, To ensure the robustness and cultural-safety of our analysis, where researchers’ interpretations differed, the researcher leading the data-set was given priority. 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. Note: 1. TM, LW, SB, TM-M, OD and H-JP were involved in data collection. 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. This was important because our population was both ethnically and culturally diverse (ruling out a one-size-fits-all recruitment strategy) and likely to be hard to reach given some participants’ social isolation. Participants in this situation took the mapping exercise as a platform to explain and illustrate their current social situation, often bringing their narratives back to their agency and resourcefulness; however, we understood this strategy to be inappropriate for some cultural groups and should not be imposed on participants. "lang": "en" 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. 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