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A Closer Look at Loneliness: Why Do First-Generation Migrants Feel More Lonely Than Their Native Dutch Counterparts?

ten Kate, R. L. F., Bilecen, B. & Steverink, N., Mar-2020, In : Gerontologist. 60, 2, p. 291-301 11 p.

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ten Kate, R. L. F., Bilecen, B., & Steverink, N. (2020). A Closer Look at Loneliness: Why Do First-Generation Migrants Feel More Lonely Than Their Native Dutch Counterparts? Gerontologist, 60(2), 291-301. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnz192

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ten Kate, Rowan L. F. ; Bilecen, Basak ; Steverink, Nardi. / A Closer Look at Loneliness : Why Do First-Generation Migrants Feel More Lonely Than Their Native Dutch Counterparts?. In: Gerontologist. 2020 ; Vol. 60, No. 2. pp. 291-301.

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ten Kate, RLF, Bilecen, B & Steverink, N 2020, 'A Closer Look at Loneliness: Why Do First-Generation Migrants Feel More Lonely Than Their Native Dutch Counterparts?', Gerontologist, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 291-301. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnz192

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A Closer Look at Loneliness : Why Do First-Generation Migrants Feel More Lonely Than Their Native Dutch Counterparts? / ten Kate, Rowan L. F.; Bilecen, Basak; Steverink, Nardi.

In: Gerontologist, Vol. 60, No. 2, 03.2020, p. 291-301.

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ten Kate RLF, Bilecen B, Steverink N. A Closer Look at Loneliness: Why Do First-Generation Migrants Feel More Lonely Than Their Native Dutch Counterparts? Gerontologist. 2020 Mar;60(2):291-301. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnz192


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title = "A Closer Look at Loneliness: Why Do First-Generation Migrants Feel More Lonely Than Their Native Dutch Counterparts?",
abstract = "Background and ObjectivesAlong with the current aging demographics in the Netherlands, the number of older first-generation migrants is also increasing. Despite studies suggesting a higher quantity of social contacts of migrants, loneliness is more common among migrants as compared to native Dutch. We theorize that migrants experience more emotional and social loneliness due to a lower satisfaction with social relationships and lower participation in social activities, respectively, compared to their native counterparts.Research Design and MethodsWe use data from Statistics Netherlands (N = 7,920) with first-generation migrants aged 40 years and older and their Dutch counterparts. Contact frequency, household composition, satisfaction with social relationships, relationship quality with the partner, and social activities, are used as main predictors and separate regression models for social and emotional loneliness are analyzed.ResultsCompared to the native Dutch, first-generation migrants are both socially and emotionally more lonely. Migrants have a similar contact frequency as the native Dutch, but are less satisfied with their social relationships, which contributes to their higher emotional, social, and overall loneliness. Migrants engage less in social activities but this does not put them at additional risk of loneliness.Discussion and ImplicationsMigrants experience more social and emotional loneliness and are less satisfied with their social relationships compared to their native counterparts. Interventions should focus on reducing both social and emotional loneliness among older migrants. Specific attention should be paid to fostering satisfying social interactions. Additionally, encouraging migrants to broaden their social network may reduce social loneliness.",
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N2 - Background and ObjectivesAlong with the current aging demographics in the Netherlands, the number of older first-generation migrants is also increasing. Despite studies suggesting a higher quantity of social contacts of migrants, loneliness is more common among migrants as compared to native Dutch. We theorize that migrants experience more emotional and social loneliness due to a lower satisfaction with social relationships and lower participation in social activities, respectively, compared to their native counterparts.Research Design and MethodsWe use data from Statistics Netherlands (N = 7,920) with first-generation migrants aged 40 years and older and their Dutch counterparts. Contact frequency, household composition, satisfaction with social relationships, relationship quality with the partner, and social activities, are used as main predictors and separate regression models for social and emotional loneliness are analyzed.ResultsCompared to the native Dutch, first-generation migrants are both socially and emotionally more lonely. Migrants have a similar contact frequency as the native Dutch, but are less satisfied with their social relationships, which contributes to their higher emotional, social, and overall loneliness. Migrants engage less in social activities but this does not put them at additional risk of loneliness.Discussion and ImplicationsMigrants experience more social and emotional loneliness and are less satisfied with their social relationships compared to their native counterparts. Interventions should focus on reducing both social and emotional loneliness among older migrants. Specific attention should be paid to fostering satisfying social interactions. Additionally, encouraging migrants to broaden their social network may reduce social loneliness.

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