Type

Journal Article

Authors

Brian A. Lawlor
Frank Kee
Luna Dolezal
Joanna E. McHugh Power

Subjects

Sociology

Topics
social factors public health psychology social isolation older people health psychology social policy social support health research welfare of older people

Conceptualizing loneliness in health research: Philosophical and psychological ways forward (2018)

Abstract Increasing attention is being paid to loneliness, and to its impact on the health of older people, across numerous disciplines including psychology, public health, social policy, and psychiatry. In tandem, there has been increasing interest in the impact of social factors on health. However, definitions of loneliness are disparate, and a consensus on its meaning is arguably lacking. Often, loneliness is conflated with similar but distinct concepts such as social isolation, absence of social support, or a lack of social connectedness. We submit that the concept of loneliness requires clarification, especially in the extant health literature. We attempt to synthesize theories of loneliness provide a framework for future interventions. We further argue that the necessary clarification can be achieved using both empirical and nonempirical methodologies, under a transdisciplinary effort. We describe the potential for psychology, public health, and philosophy to come together to achieve this conceptual clarity around loneliness and to develop effective interventions on this problematic experience as a result.
Collections Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Status = Published
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Open Access DRIVERset
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare: Welfare of older people
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Science and Engineering: Psychology
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Type = Article
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Type = Article

Full list of authors on original publication

Brian A. Lawlor, Frank Kee, Luna Dolezal, Joanna E. McHugh Power

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Brian A. Lawlor
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 125
 
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Frank Kee
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 25
 
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Joanna E. McHugh Power
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 32