Loneliness among the never and formerly married: the importance of supportive friendships and a desire for independence.

@article{Dykstra1995LonelinessAT,
  title={Loneliness among the never and formerly married: the importance of supportive friendships and a desire for independence.},
  author={Pearl A Dykstra},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  year={1995},
  volume={50 5},
  pages={
          S321-9
        }
}
Loneliness is an experience that is commonly associated with being old and without a partner. Results from a Dutch sample involving 131 unpartnered men and women between the ages of 65 and 75 indicate that the absence of friendship support rather than being single is an important determinant of loneliness. In accordance with the theory of mental incongruity, relationship standards and perceived opportunities of improving relationships are also shown to be significantly associated with… CONTINUE READING

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