Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Addressing Social Connectedness and Social Isolation among Older LGBTQ Adults through Software Design
by Vergara, Fatima, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 104; 10785689
Abstract (Summary)

This project describes the development of a software application geared towards connecting LGBTQ older adults with each other with an aim to reduce social isolation. Older adults tend to lose their connections with others throughout the aging process. LGBTQ older adults experience more challenges in creating and maintaining social relationships compared to their heterosexual peers. When social connections are lost, social isolation threatens the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of older adults. The software application was designed and revised using feedback from two expert panel focus groups of LGBTQ older adults, 50 years and older, residing in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Claver, Maria
Commitee: Fay, John, Schlesinger, Cynthia
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, LGBTQ studies, Health sciences
Keywords: LGBTQ, Older adults, Social connectedness, Social isolation, Social network, Software application
Publication Number: 10785689
ISBN: 9780438209138
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