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Master of Public Administration (MPA)
School of Professional Studies
This paper examined loneliness, as a measurement of perceived social isolation, in older immigrant adults. Previous research shows that older adults are more likely to experience social isolation and loneliness. Both of which have a direct correlation with their overall health (Wilson & Molton, 2010, Cacioppo et al., 2002) and mortality rates (Holt-Lunstad et al, 2015). Another international study found that immigrants in particular are at a higher risk for experiencing loneliness (Government of Canada, 2018). In this study, 35 immigrants and non-immigrants participants answered a survey which included 20 questions from the UCLA Loneliness Scale Version 3 (Russel, 1996). Participants were residents of the San Francisco Bay area and ranged in age from under 45 years to over 76 years. Results were non-statistically significant. While the results did not support the study hypotheses, they suggested that older immigrant adults who migrated over the age of 18 feel more lonely than other adults.
Da Silva, Jessica, "Elder Isolation in Immigrant Communities" (2020). School of Professional Studies. 47.
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