Loneliness of people with physical disabilities

Ami Rokach1, Rachel Lechcier-Kimel2, Artem Safarov2
1The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Psychosocial Stress, Canada
2York University, Canada
Cite this article:  Rokach, A., Lechcier-Kimel, R., & Safarov, A. (2006). Loneliness of people with physical disabilities. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 34(6), 681-700.

Volume 34 Issue 6 | e1507 | Published: July 2006 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.6.681

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Physical disability has a profound effect on one’s quality of life, social intercourse and  emotional well-being. Loneliness has been found to be a frequent companion of those afflicted with chronic illnesses that result in physical disabilities. This study examined the  qualitative aspects of that loneliness. Five hundred and ninety-three participants volunteered  to answer a 30-item yes/no questionnaire. Those with physical disabilities were compared  to the nondisabled (general population), and then further divided into five homogeneous subgroups (i.e., those with multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and “other”  disabilities) which were compared to each other and to the general population sample who  are healthy and not chronically ill. Results indicate that the loneliness of those with physical  disabilities differs significantly from that of the general population.

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