Prof. Gierveld is a pioneer in research into loneliness and social support at older age. In her sociological work, she has developed a loneliness scale, and is involved in several large scale longitudinal studies on social networks, such as the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study and the Generations and Gender Surveys. In this lecture, she will delve into the demographic and social aspects of ageing, with particular reference to well-being at later age and its relationship with social relations, the role of exchange of social support and its relationships with for instance living alone and new forms of family arrangements.
Prof. Gierveld is emeritus professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences in VU University Amsterdam, and honorary fellow at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague. Her expertise lay in the field of social demography, household composition, living arrangements, social networks, repartnering, well-being and loneliness of older persons.
Tuesday 19 May 2015
16.00 – Introduction by Dr. Jolanda Lindenberg, Leyden Academy
16.10 – Lecture by Prof. Jenny Gierveld, NIDI
17.00 – Discussion
17.15 – Drinks
Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing
Poortgebouw, entrance ‘Zuid’
2333 AA Leiden
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