Research report

Loneliness in Australia

08 Dec 2008
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Further to previous theoretical work on loneliness and the condition of contemporary social bonds in ‘liquid modernity’, this paper reports on a new nationally representative survey, carried out in 2007, which examined loneliness in contemporary Australia. The paper identifies loneliness to be a potentially very serious and widespread problem with profound implications but it also highlights the most ‘at risk’ groups and the pattern of loneliness across the life course. It strongly suggests that loneliness has reached unprecedented levels and that it may have as much to do with reduced social connectivity and networks as the quality of the social bonds themselves.

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APO URI: http://apo.org.au/node/4070
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