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


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.


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


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