Date of Award

Fall 1988

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Loneliness is a complex phenomenon prevalent in our society and underestimated in the older adult population. The multitude of demands in coping with chronic illness for the elderly predispose them to social isolation and to experiencing loneliness. While loneliness is not extreme for this age group and for those with a chronic illness, the research reveals methodological and conceptual issues. The interactionist model of Weiss is a primary conceptual model used in concept analysis and loneliness research. Nursing implications for the lonely older adult are explained. Recommendations for future research and practice are cited.