Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Loneliness and Social Isolation: A Multi-Country Study

Show simple item record O’Sullivan, Roger Burns, Annette Leavey, Gerard Leroi, Iracema Burholt, Vanessa Lubben, James Holt-Lunstad, Julianne Victor, Christina Lawlor, Brian Vilar-Compte, Mireya Perissinotto, Carla M Tully, Mark A Sullivan, Mary Pat Rosato, Michael Power, Joanna McHugh Tiilikainen, Elisa Prohaska, Thomas R 2021-11-21T20:40:08Z 2021-11-21T20:40:08Z 2021-9-23
dc.identifier.citation International journal of environmental research and public health 18(19) 23 Sep 2021
dc.identifier.issn 1661-7827
dc.description.abstract <jats:p>The COVID-19 global pandemic and subsequent public health social measures have challenged our social and economic life, with increasing concerns around potentially rising levels of social isolation and loneliness. This paper is based on cross-sectional online survey data (available in 10 languages, from 2 June to 16 November 2020) with 20,398 respondents from 101 different countries. It aims to help increase our understanding of the global risk factors that are associated with social isolation and loneliness, irrespective of culture or country, to support evidence-based policy, services and public health interventions. We found the prevalence of severe loneliness was 21% during COVID-19 with 6% retrospectively reporting severe loneliness prior to the pandemic. A fifth were defined as isolated based on their usual connections, with 13% reporting a substantial increase in isolation during COVID-19. Personal finances and mental health were overarching and consistently cross-cutting predictors of loneliness and social isolation, both before and during the pandemic. With the likelihood of future waves of COVID-19 and related restrictions, it must be a public health priority to address the root causes of loneliness and social isolation and, in particular, address the needs of specific groups such as carers or those living alone.</jats:p>
dc.language en
dc.publisher MDPI AG
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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dc.title Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Loneliness and Social Isolation: A Multi-Country Study
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/ijerph18199982
pubs.issue 19
pubs.begin-page 9982
pubs.volume 18 2021-10-11T22:51:18Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.publication-status Published online
dc.rights.accessrights en
pubs.elements-id 867895
dc.identifier.eissn 1660-4601 2021-9-23

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