Seeking help from health and welfare services among elderly single women

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The current research is a pilot study that included 87 single women who responded to an announcement placed in one of the national newspapers and then filled out interview questionnaires. The study hypothesized three groups of variables for predicting elderly single women's appeals for help from health and welfare services: (a) demographic variables, (b) intrapersonal variables, and (c) interpersonal variables. The research tools were (a) a demographics questionnaire constructed specifically for this study; (b) a personal assessment of single life: chosen or unchosen, including a question regarding what single people think about bachelorhood/spinsterhood; (c) an approach to the institution of bachelorhood/spinsterhood; (d) self-evaluation questionnaire; (e) a sense of mastery over life questionnaire; (f) informal support networks questionnaire; and (g) an assessment of the appeal to health and welfare services for help. A special questionnaire was constructed, which included a list of health and welfare services. The research findings indicate connections among all the research variables. All the research hypotheses were confirmed. Special attention should be given to this one tenth and more of the elder population. It might improve the lives of those women and save Western governments a lot of money.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-292
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Chosen or unchosen single life
  • Elderly single women
  • Help seeking
  • Social support systems
  • Welfare services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gender Studies


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