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An exploration of the experiences of loneliness and social isolation in older adults from a migrant background

An exploration of the experiences of loneliness and social isolation in older adults from a migrant background
An exploration of the experiences of loneliness and social isolation in older adults from a migrant background
Chapter one of this thesis is a meta-synthesis which explored the experiences of loneliness and social isolation amongst older adults from an ethnic minority and migrant background. The method used was Thomas and Harden’s (2008) thematic synthesis and the findings of 12 qualitative studies were synthesised. Four themes were generated: loss and loneliness, causes and impact of social isolation, psychological wellbeing and distress, and connecting with others. Each of the themes were explored in depth and clinical implications and recommendations for future research were discussed. 
Chapter two of this thesis explored the experience of loneliness in older Sri Lankan women living in England. The qualitative methodology of interpretative phenomenological analysis (Smith, Flowers & Larkin, 2009) was adopted to make sense of the lived experiences of five women. Three superordinate themes were generated: stuck in a lonely life, surviving the inevitability of loneliness, and loss. Implications for the research and future areas for research were identified and discussed.
University of Southampton
Reynolds, Laura, Rebecca Farley
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Reynolds, Laura, Rebecca Farley
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Kirby, Sarah
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Hodgkinson, Melanie
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Reynolds, Laura, Rebecca Farley (2019) An exploration of the experiences of loneliness and social isolation in older adults from a migrant background. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis, 115pp.

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Abstract

Chapter one of this thesis is a meta-synthesis which explored the experiences of loneliness and social isolation amongst older adults from an ethnic minority and migrant background. The method used was Thomas and Harden’s (2008) thematic synthesis and the findings of 12 qualitative studies were synthesised. Four themes were generated: loss and loneliness, causes and impact of social isolation, psychological wellbeing and distress, and connecting with others. Each of the themes were explored in depth and clinical implications and recommendations for future research were discussed. 
Chapter two of this thesis explored the experience of loneliness in older Sri Lankan women living in England. The qualitative methodology of interpretative phenomenological analysis (Smith, Flowers & Larkin, 2009) was adopted to make sense of the lived experiences of five women. Three superordinate themes were generated: stuck in a lonely life, surviving the inevitability of loneliness, and loss. Implications for the research and future areas for research were identified and discussed.

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Published date: June 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 437058
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437058
PURE UUID: 41303872-fcd4-40a0-9d72-0ee68ae917bc
ORCID for Sarah Kirby: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1759-1356

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Date deposited: 16 Jan 2020 17:31
Last modified: 27 Jan 2020 13:39

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Author: Laura, Rebecca Farley Reynolds
Thesis advisor: Sarah Kirby ORCID iD
Thesis advisor: Melanie Hodgkinson

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