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Loneliness in cancer and multiple sclerosis patients

Psychol Rep. 2004 Apr;94(2):637-48
Rokach A.

Loneliness is a universal social phenomenon often producing debilitating effects on many aspects of human functioning.

The present study compared the qualitative aspects of loneliness in two terminally ill samples to that of a more healthy sample.

329 multiple sclerosis and 315 cancer patients, as well as 391 nonrandom healthy participants answered a 30-item questionnaire on loneliness.

Analysis indicated the experience of loneliness which characterizes multiple sclerosis and cancer patients differs from that of the more healthy group.