The Mediating Role of Sense of Control in the Associations Between Remote Contacts and Loneliness Among Older Adults.

TitleThe Mediating Role of Sense of Control in the Associations Between Remote Contacts and Loneliness Among Older Adults.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2024
AuthorsYoon, D, Gallo, H, Gassoumis, ZD, Joo, S
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume46
Issue2
Pagination167-175
ISSN Number1552-7573
Keywordsisolated older adults, Loneliness, path analysis, remote contact, Sense of control
Abstract

This study explored whether a sense of control over social life mediated the associations between using remote contact (phone calls, letters/emails, social media) and loneliness for socially isolated older adults. We used path analysis with the 2014 and 2016 Health and Retirement Study datasets ( = 3767). Results showed that more frequent phone calls and letters/emails were associated with lower levels of loneliness through sense of control. However, sense of control did not mediate the association between social media and loneliness. Findings suggest that promoting sense of control over social life by remote contact, particularly phone calls and letters/emails, may be effective in alleviating loneliness for isolated older adults.

DOI10.1177/01640275231206484
Citation Key13584
PubMed ID37861368