Research Alert: August 1, 2018

Gender Differences in Social Isolation and Social Support Among Rural Residents

Social isolation is an urgent public health problem, and there are demonstrated differences in social isolation by gender. However, little published research describes social isolation in rural areas specifically. This policy brief uses nationally-representative data to identify gender differences in social isolation and social support among older rural residents and provides ways to reduce social isolation and improve associated health outcomes in rural communities.

Contact Information:

Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW
University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 612.626.4512

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