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The Youth Loneliness Scale: What does loneliness mean to young people?

Principle Investigator Prof Jennifer Lau and Research Associates Dr Laura Riddleston (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr Lily Verity (University of Manchester) explain the initial findings of their research project: the Youth Loneliness Scale (YLS).  Lily Verity will be presenting at the Campaign to End Loneliness conference on Thursday 8 February for our session…
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Co-designing social care services to tackle loneliness: research on the AEBCD approach

Sara Ryan, Manchester Metropolitan University and Jane Maddison, University of York Accelerated Experience-Based Co-Design We recently completed a research project, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research, to explore whether an effective approach to co-designing improvements in healthcare would transfer to a social care setting, using loneliness support as our exemplar. This…
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Military Widows’ experiences of social Isolation and loneliness: Research from Northumbria University

We hear from from Dr Amy Johnson, Dr Gill McGill and Dr Gemma Wilson-Menzfeld on their research which aimed to explore the levels and experiences of Military Widows’ social isolation and loneliness, as well as to identify what available services exist to help Military Widows.  Lack of existing evidence Feelings of loneliness and isolation can…
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Can changes to features of the local neighbourhood improve loneliness and mental health?

Yung-Chia Hsueh, UCL Division of Psychiatry and Dr Alexandra Pitman, UCL Division of Psychiatry; Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust summarise findings from their systematic review which aimed to bring together the research literature describing the effectiveness, acceptability and potential harms of community interventions that target place-based factors to address loneliness and mental health.  Humans…
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Marginalization and loneliness among sexual minorities: How are they linked?

Why are LGBTQ people more likely to be lonelier than heterosexuals peers?  This blog by Eddy Elmer, MA; PhD Student, Dept. of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam outlines the findings of a new large-scale study which he co-authored with Theo Van Tilburg and Tineke Fokkema. Read the full paper:  Minority Stress and Loneliness in a Global…
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Life after lockdown: New research to help isolated older people post-lockdown

Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham, a GP and researcher in the mental health of older people based at Keele University, has written a blog for us, about her new research, funded by NIHR, to develop and study an intervention which aims to help old people who have been isolated during the COVID-19 restrictions. Impact of COVID-19 restrictions…
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How can social prescribing help tackle loneliness?

Social prescribing is a big part of the loneliness strategy in England as well as the NHS Long Term Plan. On May 15th we held our latest Research and Policy Hub meeting, looking at how social prescribing might be able to tackle loneliness across the UK.  Social prescribing on the front line We think there…
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Designing effective loneliness interventions for older adults

Researcher Dhruv Sharma asks why in this ‘age of connectivity’, with so much research already carried out on loneliness interventions for older adults, we haven’t yet been able to solve the problem of chronic loneliness.  “Our bodies and minds are not designed for lonely lives”  When talking about the ‘social’ nature of human beings, noted…
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Is loneliness an issue of inequality?

In our latest guest blog, Dr Claire Niedzwiedz discusses results from a new piece of research, published in Preventive Medicine, investigating how older people’s loneliness varies according to their level of wealth and how those with the least experience more loneliness than the wealthiest. They found that taking part in formal social activities, such as attending a sport or…
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Loneliness in later life can be a “self-fulfilling prophecy”

Earlier this year, Brunel University published a challenging new piece of research that looked at how stereotypes and expectations about ageing are related to feelings of loneliness in older age. Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the researchers examined whether peoples’ expectations of feeling lonely in older age was linked to…
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