Type

Journal Article

Authors

Brian A. Lawlor
Joanna E. McHugh

Subjects

Psychiatry

Topics
welfare of older people loneliness association older adults living psychology sleep social isolation

Living alone does not account for the association between loneliness and sleep in older adults (2011)

Abstract comments on the original article "Loneliness impairs daytime functioning but not sleep duration," by L. C. Hawkley, K. J. Preacher, and J. T. Cacioppo (see record 2010-04888-004). The association between daytime dysfunction and loneliness in this article was attributed to nonrestorative sleep caused by loneliness. Loneliness can be divided into two forms: social and emotional, where social indicates a measure of social connectedness or isolation, and emotional indicates a perceived presence or lack of emotional support and closeness (Weiss, 1973). It is possible that the emotional loneliness construct is related to poor sleep quality, rather than social loneliness. Based on the results of their own study, the current authors suggest it is unlikely that the association between loneliness and sleep is due solely to the threat of sleeping alone. Rather, it is proposed that emotional loneliness is the key aspect of loneliness that correlates with sleep quality.
Collections Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare: Welfare of older people
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Type = Article
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Status = Published

Full list of authors on original publication

Brian A. Lawlor, Joanna E. McHugh

Experts in our system

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Brian A. Lawlor
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 125
 
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Joanna E. McHugh
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 36