Social frailty in older adults: a scoping review

Vertaalde titel van de bijdrage: Sociale kwetsbaarheid: een scoping review

Steven Bunt, N. Steverink, Jaap Olthof, Cees van der Schans, Hans Hobbelen

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Social frailty is a rather unexplored concept. In this paper, the concept of social frailty among older people is explored utilizing a scoping review. In the first stage, 42 studies related to social frailty of older people were compiled from scientific databases and analyzed. In the second stage, the findings of this literature were structured using the social needs concept of Social Production Function theory. As a result, it was concluded that social frailty can be defined as a continuum of being at risk of losing, or having lost, resources that are important for fulfilling one or more basic social needs during the life span. Moreover, the results of this scoping review indicate that not only the (threat of) absence of social resources to fulfill basic social needs should be a component of the concept of social frailty, but also the (threat of) absence of social behaviors and social activities, as well as (threat of) the absence of self-management abilities. This conception of social frailty provides opportunities for future research, and guidelines for practice and policy.
Vertaalde titel van de bijdrageSociale kwetsbaarheid: een scoping review
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)323-334
TijdschriftEuropean Journal of Ageing
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - sep. 2017


  • sociale kwetsbaarheid
  • sociale behoeften
  • ouderen


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