Isabelle Miclette

Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Study Completed: 2011
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
The Past in the Present: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of a Group Intervention for Loneliness and Well-being among Older People

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Recent research has shown loneliness in old age to be a major risk factor for a variety of deleterious psychological and physiological outcomes. Ms Miclette developed and evaluated a therapeutic group intervention aimed at preventing and alleviating loneliness to increase the well-being of older people. A mixed methods design allowed the examination of both the impact and process of the intervention, as experienced by four groups of older people living in a retirement facility in New Zealand. The results of Ms Miclette’s research showed a high level of satisfaction with the intervention, and provided preliminary evidence for its usefulness over a time period of two months. Loneliness was conceptualised by participants as a normal challenge of life which can be actively addressed by connecting with others in meaningful ways.

Supervisors
Professor Janet Leathem
Associate Professor Paul Merrick
Dr Kerry Gibson

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