Family/Workmates/Friends/Grandchildren: Social Connectedness and Social Support in a Group of Older Adults with Osteoarthritis

By Jane Elizabeth Hiscock.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint inflammatory disease which currently affects more than 1.3 million Australians. The effects of osteoarthritis are physical, psychological and social. The role of social networks on health and coping is well recognised. This paper reports on a small online qualitative study of how a group of older adults with osteoarthritis describe their social lives. Discovering what they enjoy gives an immediate link to their social connections and an understanding of possible intervention points for social support initiatives for osteoarthritis.

Keywords: Osteoarthritis, Social Support

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.185-194. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 643.083KB).

Dr. Jane Elizabeth Hiscock

University Lecturer, Division of Education, Arts and Social Science, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. Jane Hiscock is a lecturer in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages at the University of South Australia. Her research interest is in health communication, with a focus on older adults and chronic disease.


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