Lack of a close confidant: prevalence and correlates in a medically underserved primary care sample

Psychol Health Med. 2008 Mar;13(2):185-92. doi: 10.1080/13548500701405491.


The present study examined prevalence of lack of a close confidant in a medically underserved primary care sample, and evaluated demographic, medical, and psychological correlates of patients' deficits in close, personal contact. Adult patients (n = 413) reported on confidant status and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Sociodemographic and medical information were obtained through chart review. One-quarter of patients endorsed lack of a close confidant. Past month anxiety and depression symptoms, but not medical status, were associated with unmet socioemotional needs. Implications for primary healthcare interventions are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Confidentiality*
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Depression / psychology
  • Friends*
  • Humans
  • Medically Underserved Area*
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychology
  • Social Isolation
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Trust*