Social networks of older Australians: The effects of hearing and vision impairment

Lind, Christopher, Hickson, Louise, Worrall, Linda, Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E., Yiu, Edwin, & Barnett, Heather (2003) Social networks of older Australians: The effects of hearing and vision impairment. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 22(1), pp. 20-25.


Two hundred and forty self-selected community-based older people were tested for vision and hearing acuity, and reported on their hearing and vision difficulties and social networks. Social network size, proximity and frequency of contacts were used as dependent variables in the analysis of the effects of any sensory loss on social structure. Neither objectively measured sensory loss nor self-reported sensory difficulties were associated with significant changes to network size, however, people with sensory losses were found to have more intense networks with fewer contacts outside their immediate inner circle.

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ID Code: 5595
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1741-6612
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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