TOPIC. Loneliness is a universal human experience recognized since the dawn of time, yet it is unique for every individual. Loneliness can lead to both depression and low self‐esteem.
PURPOSE. This article explicates the concept of loneliness through the examination of its conceptual definition and uses, defining attributes, related concepts, and empirical referents.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION. Literature review using hand search and database were used as sources of information.
CONCLUSION. Because loneliness is commonly encountered in nursing situations, the information provided will serve as a framework for assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of clients.
Bekhet, Abir K. and Zauszniewski, Jaclene A., "Loneliness: A Concept Analysis" (2008). College of Nursing Faculty Research and Publications. 576.
Accepted version. Nursing Forum, Vol. 43, No. 4 (October 2008): 207-213. DOI. © 2008 Nursecom, Inc. Used with permission.
Abir K. Bekhet was affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at the time of publication.