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De taalbarrière bij oudere Turkse vrouwen nader onderzocht

Pot, A., Keijzer, M. & de Bot, K., Dec-2018, In : Tijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie. 49, 6, p. 274-282 9 p.

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A growing group of migrants age in an environment in which the dominant language (L2) differs from their mother tongue (L1). This study considers the occurrence of a language barrier in accessing (information on) health and healthcare provisions, and under which circumstances a limited proficiency in the L2 negatively influences well-being for a group of older Turkish women in the Netherlands. Data from interviews with 39 Turkish females reveal that a limited L2 proficiency does not automatically result in a lower level of well-being. When individuals are well-embedded in a social network (and feel belonging to it), a limited L2 proficiency can be alleviated by either L1 assistance from their environment or by facilitating an interpreter in L2 situations. However, when such a network is absent, L2 situations can cause anxiety, which may have repercussions for well-being. Even though there is no clear one-on-one relationship between language and well-being, language does play a role in many (social) processes that influence well-being.

Translated title of the contributionThe language barrier for older Turkish females, further investigated
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)274-282
Number of pages9
JournalTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Volume49
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2018

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