Year: 1964 Source: American Sociological Review, v.29, no.1, (February 1964), p.54-70 SIEC No: 19850086

The relation between isolation & mental disorders in old age is analyzed to assess the prevalent assumption that age linked isolation is an important correlate (if not cause) of mental illness in old age & to contribute to further understanding of social isolation in general. The sample consists of 4 subgroups drawn from the 1200 institutionalized & non-institutionalized elderly persons who constitute the subjects of a series of studies in geriatric mental illness.