Activating and Guiding the Engagement of Seniors with online social networking: Experimental findings from the AGES 2.0 project

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/617376
Title:
Activating and Guiding the Engagement of Seniors with online social networking: Experimental findings from the AGES 2.0 project
Authors:
Morton, Thomas; Wilson, Neil; Haslam, Catherine; Birney, Megan E.; Kingston, Rosemary; McCloskey, Lauren-Grace
Abstract:
Objectives: Guided by theoretical and empirical work attesting to the health benefits of social connections, we tested whether internet connectivity, and training in its use for social purposes, can support the well-being of older adults receiving care. Methods: Participants (N = 76) were randomly assigned to receive 3 months training versus care-as-usual. Cognitive and mental health were assessed before and after the intervention. Results: Results show significant cognitive improvements across time in the training, but not control, group. This effect was mediated through a combination of increased social activity, improved self-competence, and maintained personal identity strength. Indirect effects on mental health outcomes via these processes were also observed. Discussion: These findings suggest that internet access and training can support the self and social connectedness of vulnerable older adults and to contribute positively to well-being.
Affiliation:
University of Exeter; University of Queensland
Citation:
Morton, T. A., Wilson, N., Haslam, C., Birney, M., Kingston, R., & McCloskey, L.-G. (2016). Activating and guiding the engagement of seniors with online social networking: Experimental findings from the AGES 2.0 Project. Journal of Aging and Health. doi: 10.1177/0898264316664440
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
Journal of Aging and Health
Publication Date:
2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/617376
DOI:
10.1177/0898264316664440
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0898-2643
EISSN:
1552-6887
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMorton, Thomasen
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Neilen
dc.contributor.authorHaslam, Catherineen
dc.contributor.authorBirney, Megan E.en
dc.contributor.authorKingston, Rosemaryen
dc.contributor.authorMcCloskey, Lauren-Graceen
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-22T12:22:56Z-
dc.date.available2016-07-22T12:22:56Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationMorton, T. A., Wilson, N., Haslam, C., Birney, M., Kingston, R., & McCloskey, L.-G. (2016). Activating and guiding the engagement of seniors with online social networking: Experimental findings from the AGES 2.0 Project. Journal of Aging and Health. doi: 10.1177/0898264316664440en
dc.identifier.issn0898-2643-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0898264316664440-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/617376-
dc.description.abstractObjectives: Guided by theoretical and empirical work attesting to the health benefits of social connections, we tested whether internet connectivity, and training in its use for social purposes, can support the well-being of older adults receiving care. Methods: Participants (N = 76) were randomly assigned to receive 3 months training versus care-as-usual. Cognitive and mental health were assessed before and after the intervention. Results: Results show significant cognitive improvements across time in the training, but not control, group. This effect was mediated through a combination of increased social activity, improved self-competence, and maintained personal identity strength. Indirect effects on mental health outcomes via these processes were also observed. Discussion: These findings suggest that internet access and training can support the self and social connectedness of vulnerable older adults and to contribute positively to well-being.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectComputersen
dc.subjectInterneten
dc.subjectSocial Connectionsen
dc.subjectCognitive Capacityen
dc.subjectWell-beingen
dc.titleActivating and Guiding the Engagement of Seniors with online social networking: Experimental findings from the AGES 2.0 projecten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1552-6887-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Exeter; University of Queenslanden
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Aging and Healthen
dc.date.accepted2016-07-17-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderEuropean Commission's Programme for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (PROGRESS: 2007-2013)en
rioxxterms.identifier.projectEuropean Commission's Programme for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (PROGRESS: 2007-2013)en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2217-01-01-
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