Gender differences in the correlates of loneliness among Japanese persons aged 50-70
Objective: This study aimed to explore gender differences in the correlates of loneliness among Japanese persons aged 50–70. Methods: Logistic regression models were estimated on cross-sectional Japanese Generations and Gender Survey data of 4057 persons aged 50–70. Loneliness was measured as having a score of 2 or higher on the shortened De Jong Gierveld loneliness scale. Results: For more than half of the respondents, De Jong Gierveld loneliness scores exceeded the threshold of 2. Loneliness was more prevalent among men than among women. Living without a spouse or partner was more strongly associated with loneliness for men than for women. Childlessness was more strongly associated with loneliness for women than for men. Conclusion: A large proportion of Japanese people between 50 and 70, particularly men, are lonely. Programs aimed at reducing loneliness should acknowledge that antecedents of loneliness differ between women and men.
|Keywords||Japan, loneliness, mental health, observational study, sex factors.|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12448, hdl.handle.net/1765/122002|
|Journal||Australasian Journal On Ageing|
van den Broek, M.P.B. (2017). Gender differences in the correlates of loneliness among Japanese persons aged 50-70. Australasian Journal On Ageing, 36(3), 234–237. doi:10.1111/ajag.12448