last week presented the Red Cross and ten commandments on a 'social vaccine' after coronaen, according to the organization has left nearly a million danes 'hard lonely'.
The first commandment in the fight against the alleged explosive increase in the number of solitary danes is to 'ensure stable inputs to the voluntary social organisations', such as the Red Cross itself.
But now the meetings of the investigation of serious academic criticism: It has changed in the scientific method, so that the people look more lonely than they would normally do.
Now it gets a little technical, but hang on:
In the internationally standardized way to measure loneliness - as the Red Cross, falsely claimed that they followed - will people who rarely feel lonely, score the lowest value on the loneliness scale.
But with the Red Cross to score suddenly a mean value for the same answer, and thus appear to the people at the paper more lonely, than they would normally do.
This is because the Red Cross has changed in the answers that people can give to questions about loneliness.
In the classic research, people have an opportunity to respond, that they feel lonely 'sometimes'. The option is obsolete with the Red Cross and replaced with 'never'.
And it has noticeable consequences for the conclusions, points out, senior researcher Finn Breinholt Larsen, who in addition to researching in solitude also have a specialty in the questionnaire.
- When you change on the response categories, then there can be pretty major changes. Altering the scale, and it affects the answers quite seriously, he says.
Read more about the method here:
According to the Red Cross, there are almost a million hard lonely people in Denmark. The red Cross claims themselves to be measured according to the T-ILS method. It is an international standardized way to register experienced loneliness on. According to T-ILS method, then the people are asked about three things, when one examines loneliness:
1) ’How often do you feel isolated from others?’
2) ’How often do you feel that you miss someone to be with?'
3) ’How often do you feel outside?’
It makes the Red Cross also. But that has changed in the response categories. According to T-ILS method, people must have the following three answer options for the questions:
But in the Red Cross version is the answer-options directed to:
the Consequence is that fewer, all else being equal 'never' feel lonely, compared to 'rarely'. It will push more 'down' in the answer options against the option 2 and 3, and therefore, they will also on paper 'see more lonely' out, than if you had used the normal T-ILS method.
He points out, moreover, that the Red Cross' conclusion that there had to be a million hard lonely danes, not near anything, you have registered in Denmark.
- There have not been studies that just reminds about it here result. The sober bid is that there is 350,000 nationwide, he says.
My gut feeling is that a million lonely seems like a way too high number. It sounds not likely, says Finn Breinholt Larsen.
a Professor at the University of Copenhagen and researcher in solitude Rikke Lund shares the assessment.
- the Red Cross' survey get everything else right people to see more lonely out on the paper in relation to other studies. And it does, quite obviously, that one can not say whether there have been more lonely in Denmark from the figures, she says
- For example, people who respond that they 'rarely' feel lonely, score twice as many points in the accounts of the Red Cross in relation to what they normally do.
- I also find it hard to believe that there would be a million hard lonely in Denmark. The figures are far above what we usually see, and it can unfortunately very well because the Red Cross has made this mistake, says Rikke Lund.
the Red Cross' secretary general, Anders Ladekarl, used in the last week the survey to sound the alarm.
- here, The figures are shockingly high, he said in a press release.
- The virus (corona, ed.), we as a Danish society has fought in recent months, is tenacious. But it has its repercussions too. In the Red Cross we fear the social virus. And it disappears not just. because we get a vaccine against covid-19, it said.
But if you look the survey in the market, there are several things contrary to the conclusion.
for Example, says only five percent of the respondents say that they are more worried about to be more alone after coronakrisen. But 90 percent do not share the concern.
Moreover, there are only four people who do not believe that they have got the help they needed during the coronaen.
Four people out of a total of 1003 respondents
In the wake of the publication of the report held the Red Cross a large 'public meeting' in Copenhagen, where the invited politicians, including the social affairs minister Astrid Krag, went well against the Red Cross' ten recommendations.
- There is an error in the survey, and we are very sorry, we have no doubt that the loneliness problem that was before coronakrisen have been worse, says the political chief of the Red Cross, Kirsten Marie Kristensen.
She stresses that the Red Cross 'immediate' will make the survey on.
Read the interview with Kirsten Marie Kristensen here:
See also: Red Cross recognizes the error