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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155744
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Living Alone: A Lived Experience of Elderly Men and Elderly Women
Abstract:
Living Alone: A Lived Experience of Elderly Men and Elderly Women
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2002
Conference Date:July, 2002
Author:Lynd, Mary, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Ohio University - Chillicothe
Title:Associate Professor
More elderly men commit suicide in the United States than any other population. One common characteristic shared by elderly men who commit suicide is social isolation while elderly women who are socially isolated do not share the same high incidence of suicide. Aging is often accompanied by a series of uncompensated relational deficits that result in living alone. Some individuals emerge from the cocoon of aloneness like a butterfly bringing new beauty to themselves and to the world around them while others remain cloaked in the tangles of the cocoon of aloneness becoming despondent, weak, depressed, and even suicidal. The purpose of this comparative phenomenological study is to compare the descriptions of living alone by elderly men and elderly women to discover any factors that may contribute to suicidal tendencies in elderly men that are not shared by elderly women. The sample consisted of 20 men and 20 women in the rural Midwest, ages 65-84, retired, and living alone for at least the past two years. VanKaam's research methodology was used to analyze data and the NUDIST qualitative data analysis computer program was used to validate the investigator's analysis and to index and categorize data. The themes for the male subjects were searching for the purpose in life, holding back in relationships, and losing hope; while the themes for the female subjects were seeing a new purpose in life, holding onto relationships, and finding new hope. These patterns were identified in the contextual themes of personal identity and time. The results of the study have implications for research, practice, education and policy. Outcome studies on effective alternative living arrangements, self-esteem building and coping interventions following relationship loss and community-based interaction activity interventions are identified as areas of research. Education and service implications include a greater emphasis on individual interpretation of life's purpose and relationship skills should be introduced in early years of education and remain lifelong education topics for both sexes. For the present elderly population, legislation should be emphasized to assist in the provision of alternative living arrangements that facilitate more interaction between the elderly, family, kin and friends.

Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jul-2002
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLiving Alone: A Lived Experience of Elderly Men and Elderly Womenen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155744-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Living Alone: A Lived Experience of Elderly Men and Elderly Women</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July, 2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Lynd, Mary, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Ohio University - Chillicothe</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lynd@oak.cats.ohiou.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">More elderly men commit suicide in the United States than any other population. One common characteristic shared by elderly men who commit suicide is social isolation while elderly women who are socially isolated do not share the same high incidence of suicide. Aging is often accompanied by a series of uncompensated relational deficits that result in living alone. Some individuals emerge from the cocoon of aloneness like a butterfly bringing new beauty to themselves and to the world around them while others remain cloaked in the tangles of the cocoon of aloneness becoming despondent, weak, depressed, and even suicidal. The purpose of this comparative phenomenological study is to compare the descriptions of living alone by elderly men and elderly women to discover any factors that may contribute to suicidal tendencies in elderly men that are not shared by elderly women. The sample consisted of 20 men and 20 women in the rural Midwest, ages 65-84, retired, and living alone for at least the past two years. VanKaam's research methodology was used to analyze data and the NUDIST qualitative data analysis computer program was used to validate the investigator's analysis and to index and categorize data. The themes for the male subjects were searching for the purpose in life, holding back in relationships, and losing hope; while the themes for the female subjects were seeing a new purpose in life, holding onto relationships, and finding new hope. These patterns were identified in the contextual themes of personal identity and time. The results of the study have implications for research, practice, education and policy. Outcome studies on effective alternative living arrangements, self-esteem building and coping interventions following relationship loss and community-based interaction activity interventions are identified as areas of research. Education and service implications include a greater emphasis on individual interpretation of life's purpose and relationship skills should be introduced in early years of education and remain lifelong education topics for both sexes. For the present elderly population, legislation should be emphasized to assist in the provision of alternative living arrangements that facilitate more interaction between the elderly, family, kin and friends.<br/><br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:08:02Z-
dc.date.issued2002-07en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:08:02Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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