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