Predictors of loneliness in U.S. adults over age sixty-five.

TitlePredictors of loneliness in U.S. adults over age sixty-five.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsTheeke, LA
JournalArch Psychiatr Nurs
Date Published2009 Oct
ISSN Number1532-8228
Call Numbernewpubs20090908_Theeke_2009.pdf
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Health Status, Humans, Likelihood Functions, Logistic Models, Loneliness, Male, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Single Person, Socioeconomic factors, United States

The purpose of this study was to examine sociodemographic and health-related risks for loneliness among older adults using Health and Retirement Study Data. Overall prevalence of loneliness was 19.3%. Marital status, self-report of health, number of chronic illnesses, gross motor impairment, fine motor impairment, and living alone were predictors of loneliness. Age, female gender, use of home care, and frequency of healthcare visits were not predictive. Loneliness is a prevalent problem for older adults in the United States with its own health-related risks. Future research of interventions targeting identified risks would enhance the evidence base for nursing and the problem of loneliness.

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Loneliness/Marital Status/risk factors

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Alternate JournalArch Psychiatr Nurs
Citation Key7362
PubMed ID19766930