Loneliness Among Low-Income Older Immigrants Living in Subsidized Senior Housing: Does Perceived Social Cohesion Matter?

Academic Article


  • This study compared the level of loneliness among older immigrants residing in subsidized senior housing with that of non-immigrant residents. The study also sought to examine the differential influence of perceived social cohesion on loneliness among these groups. 231 study participants were recruited from subsidized senior housing in St. Louis and the Chicago area. Multiple regression analyses showed that there was a significant difference in loneliness between immigrants and non-immigrants (b = .3, SE = 0.150, p < .05). Also, perceived social cohesion was negatively associated with loneliness (b=-.102, SE = .022, p < .001). Furthermore, immigration status moderated the relationship (b=-.147, SE = .043, p < .01), showing immigrants may benefit more from higher perceived social cohesion in terms of loneliness. The results suggest that perceived social cohesion may act as an important community-level protective factor against loneliness, particularly for older immigrants residing in subsidized senior housing. Creating socially cohesive environments, particularly for this subgroup, could be a crucial strategy for mitigating loneliness.              .
  • Authors

  • Baek, Jihye
  • Kim, BoRin
  • Park, Sojung
  • Ryu, Byeongju
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 2024
  • Published In


  • Aged
  • Emigrants and Immigrants
  • Homes for the Aged
  • Humans
  • Loneliness
  • Perceived social cohesion
  • Poverty
  • Social Cohesion
  • loneliness
  • minority aging
  • older immigrant
  • subsidized senior housing
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 37246421
  • Start Page

  • 80
  • End Page

  • 95
  • Volume

  • 67
  • Issue

  • 1