Contact person:
Jonas Olofsson
  • Faculty of Health and Society
  • Department of Care Science
Responsible at Malmö University:
Ann-Cathrine Bramhagen
Project members:
Time frame:
01 September 2017 - 01 September 2021
Research subject:

About the project

Existential Loneliness (EL) is one aspect of loneliness partly described as part of being human and partly arises in situations of losses, close to death and other crisis in life. EL can be experienced in spite of closeness to friends and family and is an experience of being disconnected from others and universe. EL may result in negative emotions such as hopelessness, grief and meaninglessness but can be experienced as restful if voluntarily chosen and in balance with meaningful human connections.

Studies focusing on frail older person’s experience of EL have been made as well as studies from a next of kin and health professional’s point of view. The number of migrants’ is increasing  which make Malmö  an international city. This is expressed, not least, by the fact that out of Malmö 344 000 residents about one third are born abroad. Malmo is represented by 184 different nationalities. There is a need for knowledge about ageing in general and a need for understanding how the elderly can experience well-being. Loneliness is an increasing problem in our society as well as in caring context. There is a need for knowledge of the different aspects of loneliness where research shows that there is a lack of knowledge about existential loneliness. This research project aims to describe older migrants’ experience of EL and health care professional’s experience of EL in care of older migrants’.

Study I is a qualitative individual interview study with participants living in nursing homes or on their own.  The purpose is to explore older migrants’ experience of existential loneliness.

Study II is a qualitative interview study with health care professionals using focus-group.The findings of this proposed study can assist the health care professionals meeting older migrants from different cultures with a better understanding of the experience of EL.