Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for mortality: a meta-analytic review.

@article{HoltLunstad2015LonelinessAS,
  title={Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for mortality: a meta-analytic review.},
  author={Julianne Holt-Lunstad and T. Bradbrooke Smith and Mark Baker and Tyler Harris and David E. Stephenson},
  journal={Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science},
  year={2015},
  volume={10 2},
  pages={
          227-37
        }
}
Actual and perceived social isolation are both associated with increased risk for early mortality. In this meta-analytic review, our objective is to establish the overall and relative magnitude of social isolation and loneliness and to examine possible moderators. We conducted a literature search of studies (January 1980 to February 2014) using MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Social Work Abstracts, and Google Scholar. The included studies provided quantitative data on mortality as affected by… CONTINUE READING

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