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A community survey of loneliness

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by W Lauder, S Sharkey, William MummeryWilliam Mummery
Loneliness is associated with an increased incidence of a wide range ofphysical and mental health problems. The detection, prevention and amelioration of loneliness is an important public health issue for nurses. This study reports findings from the 2002 Central Queensland Social Survey. The aims of the study were to (i) establish the extent of loneliness in a community sample; and (ii) to identify the factors that are predictors of loneliness. A random sample of 1241 subjects were interviewed by Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing. This interview included the Loneliness Scale formulated by De Jong Gierveld and Kamphuis. Loneliness is a common phenomenon and risk factors include experience of domestic violence in current relationship, not having recent paid employment, not being married/partnered, and the number of children under 18 years in a household. Loneliness is not associated with higher rates of health care professional consultations.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

46

Issue

1

Start Page

88

End Page

94

Number of Pages

7

ISSN

0309-2402

Location

Oxford, UK

Publisher

Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Dept. of Nursing and Midwifery; Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of advanced nursing.

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