Stress, Health Behavior, and Sleep as Mediators of the Association between Loneliness and Adverse Health Conditions among Older People

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Prior research has established an association between loneliness and a variety of negative health conditions among older people. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying the association. The Loneliness Model seeks to explain the mechanisms through which chronic loneliness might affect the development of adverse health conditions. The present study was designed to test the explanation proposed by the Loneliness Model. The sample consisted of 8.593 elderly ranging from 65 to 103 years participating in the 2013 Public Health Survey; “How are you?”. Results showed that loneliness was significantly associated with poor self-rated health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and migraine. In addition, high perceived stress, physical inactivity, problems with alcohol, and poor sleep demonstrated an indirect effect on the association between loneliness and adverse health conditions. The findings provide confirmation of the theoretical mechanisms, outlined in the Loneliness Model.
Publikationsdato1. dec. 2014
StatusUdgivet - 1. dec. 2014
BegivenhedPsykiatriens Forskningsdag - Fredercia , Danmark
Varighed: 1. dec. 2014 → …


KonferencePsykiatriens Forskningsdag
Periode01/12/2014 → …


  • loneliness, self-rated health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, migraine, health behavior, stress, and sleep.