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An exploration of loneliness: Communication and the social networks of older people with cerebral palsy

Ballin, L., Balandin, S.,

Academic Literature

2007

There is a large body of research focusing on the experiences of loneliness of older adults, yet little is known about the loneliness experiences of older adults with lifelong disability. In this paper, the authors present some findings from a larger qualitative study on the loneliness experiences of older people with cerebral palsy.

Seven older adults with cerebral palsy participated in in‐depth interviews. All participants agreed that the themes of communication and social networks are most important when considering loneliness.

The results demonstrate the need to provide support and training in communication to older people with cerebral palsy who experience communication difficulty, as well as to their communication partners. They also indicate the need for policy development to assist older adults with cerebral palsy to develop and maintain their social networks and form relationships that are rewarding and enriching.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Social relationships

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