Vriendschappen van ouderen

Translated title of the contribution: Friendships among the elderly

P. Dykstra*

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The present study examined whether the specific functions that are generally ascribed to friends, are also fulfilled by other types of close relationships. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 46 men and women between the ages of 65 and 75, and living in their own homes. The majority of the romantic partners, sons (in-law), daughters (in-law), other relatives and neighbours were considered to be 'like friends'. Clear differences were found between the people who were friends or who were like friends, on the one hand, and the people who were not considered as such, on the other hand. People who were friends or like friends, shared more intimate feelings, and provided more self-esteem support and instrumental help. The findings indicate that relationships that have their origins in the family-network or in the neighbourhood, can play the role of friends. Older men and women should be encouraged to intensify these relationships.

Translated title of the contributionFriendships among the elderly
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1987


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