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Loneliness of people with physical disabilities

Ami Rokach, PhD (York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Rachel Lechcier-Kimel, PhD (York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Artem Safarov, BSc (The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Psychosocial Stress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Cite this article:  Rokach, PhD, A., Lechcier-Kimel, PhD, R., & Safarov, BSc, A. (2006). Loneliness of people with physical disabilities. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 34, 681-700.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.6.681
Publication date: July 2006

Abstract


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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