Loneliness and Health: Potential Mechanisms

@article{Cacioppo2002LonelinessAH,
  title={Loneliness and Health: Potential Mechanisms},
  author={John T. Cacioppo and Louise C. Hawkley and L. Elizabeth Crawford and John M. Ernst and Mary H. Burleson and R B Kowalewski and William B. Malarkey and Eve van Cauter and Gary G. Berntson},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={64},
  pages={407-417}
}
Objective Two studies using cross-sectional designs explored four possible mechanisms by which loneliness may have deleterious effects on health: health behaviors, cardiovascular activation, cortisol levels, and sleep. Methods In Study 1, we assessed autonomic activity, salivary cortisol levels, sleep quality, and health behaviors in 89 undergraduate students selected based on pretests to be among the top or bottom quintile in feelings of loneliness. In Study 2, we assessed blood pressure… 
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