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An Exploration of Loneliness Perceptions Among Latinx Older Adults in New York City: A Qualitative Research Proposal

Fontalvo, Sydney

Loneliness research has been pushed to the forefront of older adult mental health research, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this push, there hasn’t been any research dedicated to Latinx older adults and their experiences and perceptions of loneliness. The proposed study will use semi-structured interviews and ethnographic participant observation supported by a modified grounded theory approach (M-GTA) to explore the experiences, perceptions, and definitions of loneliness that Latinx older adults have in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights and the Bronx in New York City. Interviews and participant observation will additionally focus on the role of the COVID-19 pandemic and social spaces on loneliness perceptions and experiences. Data analysis of the interviews and observations will be derived from an iterative codebook and a flexible coding structure. Results of this study will inform future Latinx older adult health-related and loneliness-related studies and initiatives.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Sociomedical Sciences
Thesis Advisors
Gloria, Christian T.
M.P.H., Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Published Here
May 3, 2023