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Social isolation and loneliness in old age : review and model refinement.

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  • G. Clare Wenger
  • Richard B. Davies
  • Said Shahtahmasebi
  • Anne Scott
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>05/1995
<mark>Journal</mark>Ageing and Society
Issue number3
Number of pages26
Pages (from-to)333-358
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper reviews the empirical literature on social isolation and loneliness and identifies a wide range of published correlates. Using data from a study conducted in North Wales, which included many of the same correlated variables, a statistical modelling technique is used to refine models of isolation and loneliness by controlling for co-variance. The resulting models indicate that the critical factors for isolation are: marital status, network type and social class; and, for loneliness: network type, household composition and health.

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http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=ASO The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Ageing and Society, 16 (3), pp 333-358 1995, © 1995 Cambridge University Press.