The Correlates of Loneliness

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Loneliness has been described by modern psychologists as a 21st century epidemic, as it has been the subject of numerous news headlines in many regions. While many elderly people are affected by ...
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Modern Loneliness in Historical Perspective

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K. D. M. Snell

Abstract

This chapter discusses the potential for a history of loneliness. It opens up historical handling of loneliness as a theme, pointing to the issues of health, coping strategies, theories of change, locational questions, and issues concerning the family and historical demography. It assesses how lone-living influences analysis of loneliness, and considers in this connection the marked growth of sole living in Western societies.

Keywords:

Ageing, Aloneness, Individualism, Isolation, Loneliness, Nuclear family, Singletons, Solitaries, The elderly, Welfare.

Affiliation:

entre for English Local History, University of Leicester, UK.