The Effect of Social Capital and Family Support on Loneliness among Korean Adults: Intergenerational Differences

Nan Sook Park, David A. Chiriboga, Soondool Chung

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate intergenerational differences in the associations of social capital attributes (family network, friend network, community cohesion) and perceived family support (instrumental, informational, emotional) with loneliness among Korean adults. Interview data were collected from participants aged 18+ in South Korea during 2017 (Ng= 1,017), classified by three age groups (18–44, 45–64, 65+). In regression models, greater loneliness was associated with smaller friend networks and lower community cohesion for the younger group, lower information support and higher instrumental support for the middle-aged group, and lower informational and emotional support for the older group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-123
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • intergenerational difference
  • Korean adults
  • Loneliness
  • perceived social support
  • social network

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