Published on: April 03, 2020. Updated on: December 07, 2020.
About the Data Insights
As Americans and individuals around the world practice physical distancing and quarantine, some may begin to feel increased levels of loneliness and social isolation. Previous research indicates that 20% of the population experiences loneliness and social isolation, and this lack of meaningful social connections can have serious impacts on an individual’s mental and physical health. This new Data Insights highlights the risk factors associated with loneliness and explores its impact on health. Key strategies are also identified to combat loneliness–both during this time of physical distancing and after restrictions are lifted.
Negative Impacts on Health: Kaiser Foundation, Loneliness and Social Isolation in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan: An International Survey, 2018
- NOTE: Kaiser Foundation in partnership with The Economist conducted a cross-country survey with the population of interest being adults age 18-65+ in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan.
Risk Factors of Loneliness: “Loneliness, social isolation, and behavioral and biological health indicators in older adults,” Health Psychology 2011
- NOTE: Participants of this study were 50 years or older living in England
Factors with Little Effect on Loneliness: AARP, Loneliness and Social Connections: A National Survey of Adults 45 and Older, 2010-2018
- NOTE: AARP conducted a national survey of U.S. adults age 45 and older to focus on loneliness among midlife and older adults
COVID-19 Loneliness Solutions: AARP, How to Fight the Social Isolation of Coronavirus, 2020
Solutions for Combatting Loneliness and Anxiety: AARP, Seven Ways to Cope with Anxiety During the Coronavirus Outbreak, 2020
Strategies to Improve Loneliness:
- Campaign to End Loneliness: I feel lonely. What can I do?
- Black Dog Institute: What is loneliness and how can we overcome it? Explained
- Mental Health America: Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information and Resources
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