Older people and their social spaces: A study of well-being and attachment to place in Aotearoa New Zealand

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dc.contributor.author Wiles, Janine en
dc.contributor.author Allen, RES en
dc.contributor.author Palmer, AJ en
dc.contributor.author Hayman, Karen en
dc.contributor.author Keeling, S en
dc.contributor.author Kerse, NM en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-02T02:42:12Z en
dc.date.issued 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Social Science and Medicine 68(4):664-671 Feb 2009 en
dc.identifier.issn 0277-9536 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16368 en
dc.description.abstract A sense of belonging or attachment to place is believed to help maintain a sense of identity and well-being, and to facilitate successful adjustments in old age. Older people in particular have been shown to draw meaning and security from the places in which they live. Qualitative data from multiple conversational interviews held over the period of a year with each of 83 community-dwelling older people in Auckland within the context of a study conducted from 2006 to 2008 are interpreted to explore how older people relate to their social and physical environments, with a specific focus on attachment to place and the meaning of home. The concept of ,social space, is proposed, to capture the elastic physical, imaginative, emotional and symbolic experiences of and connections to people and place across time and in scope. Talking with older people themselves gave a rich account of attachment to place, social spaces, and well-being. Our participants had strong attachments to their homes and neighbourhoods, extensive participation in ,beyond spaces,, and shrinking social worlds. They did not, however necessarily view changes as negative; instead there was a delicate negotiation of positive and negative aspects, and complex engagement with ,social space, as a profoundly meaningful construct. en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Science & Medicine en
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dc.title Older people and their social spaces: A study of well-being and attachment to place in Aotearoa New Zealand en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.11.030 en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 664 en
pubs.volume 68 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Elsevier en
dc.identifier.pmid 19110361 en
pubs.end-page 671 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 88003 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Population Health en
pubs.org-id Social & Community Health en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Psychology en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en
pubs.dimensions-id 19110361 en

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