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 the result will be that more looks lonely out.
Now it gets a little technical:
In the internationally standardized way to measure loneliness in, people have the opportunity to answer that they feel lonely 'sometimes'.
The option has been discontinued by the Red Cross' question to the 1003 respondents danes.
instead, they may answer that they 'never' is a lonely, which fewer people everything else just is.
And it has noticeable consequences for the conclusions, points out, senior researcher Finn Breinholt Larsen, who in addition to researching in solitude also have specialized in questionnaire studies.
- When you change on the response categories, then there can be pretty major changes. They have shifted the scale so that the lowest value is suddenly 'Never', 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 are not in the vicinity of something 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 of a million lonely seems like a way too high number. It doesn't sound not likely, says Finn Breinholt Larsen.
According to the Red Cross, have followed the international guidelines, how to investigate loneliness, and the need to ensure that the study is comparable with others.
And again, it is crucial that the Red Cross can conclude that coronakrisen have been significantly more to be lonely.
But when the Red Cross has changed in the answer options, it is therefore still not comparable.
And if you look in the many tables in the study, there are several things that contradict the Red Cross's conclusions and opinions from the secretary-general Anders Ladekarl.
- here, The figures are shockingly high, " said Ladekarl in a press release last week.
The virus, 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 does not disappear just because we get a vaccine against the Covid-19, it said.
But let us look at the numbers in the report itself.
for Example, says only five percent of the respondents say that they are more worried about to be more alone after corona-the crisis. But 90 percent do not share the concern.
Moreover, there are only four persons out of 1003, who does not believe that they have got the help they needed during the coronaen.
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 with ten recommendations.