Matters Helping All Parents: Social Connectedness – Week 2
Many surveys and much research has been done on the importance of Social Connectedness. Studies usually attempt to assess the number of connections people have and the quality of those connections. Researchers may look at topics like the level of interconnection in social networks, the duration of social contacts, and the frequency of interactions. The level of disclosure and comfort in these relationships can also be important when evaluating their quality and depth.
In persons with high social connectedness, greater states of physical and emotional well-being tend to be more common. These connections can also create a support network that may be useful in the event of a disaster or emergency; a person who falls ill, for instance, may need help with tasks like housecleaning and food preparation. If that person has an extensive social network, this support may be more available. Social connectedness in environments like workplaces also tends to create more employee satisfaction and loyalty.
Low social connectedness can create feelings of loneliness and isolation and may limit access to opportunities that are only available through social networks. The risk of depression and other mental health problems can be increased. These individuals may also lack access to support like help with childcare or assistance in emergency evacuations. Older adults and people with disabilities are at increased risk of low social connectedness and may report experiences of isolation when they meet with care providers, social workers, and friends.
It is important to have personal connections and interactions with other, not just on social media. Not just for our children to be involved with school, youth groups, sports or other activities, it is also important for parents to have interactions outside of work and family obligations to maintain their physical and emotional well-being.
Information taken from wisegeek.com
To learn more about how Social Connectedness is measured in adolescents go to the following website to find information on the Hemingway – Measure of Adolescent Connectedness.