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Life events and social isolation

ByLUDWIEN MEEUWESEN

Certain life events may cause a decrease or an increase in a person’s network size. This chapter will focus on the nature of important events that may occur in someone’s life span, and the way these events are related to the typology of social contacts. Which events do occur in most people’s life span? In what way and to what extent is social isolation related to specific life events? Do certain life events trigger the onset of a process of social isolation? Or are they the consequence of social isolation? It is these types of questions that will be discussed in this chapter. To start with, it is necessary to pay attention to the concept of life events and how it is defined. What is the relative importance of the concept for processes of well-being?