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An examination of objective social disconnectedness and perceived social isolation among persons wit

By: Sara J. T. Guilcher, B. Catharine Craven, Rebecca L. Bassett-Gunter, Stephanie R. Cimino & Sander L. Hitzig


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Purpose: “To describe objective social disconnectedness and perceived social isolation post-spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D), and to examine associations among social disconnectedness and social isolation by sociodemographic and clinical characteristics.”

Results: Of the 170 participants, the majority were men (n = 136, 80%), had a traumatic injury (n = 149, 87.6%), and had incomplete tetraplegia (n = 58, 34%). The mean network size was 3.86 (SD = 2.0) of a maximum seven. The mean loneliness score for the sample was 4.93 (SD = 1.87). Factors associated with lower feelings of loneliness included being married, living with a higher proportion of network members, and being employed. Size of networks was not significantly associated with feelings of loneliness.


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