Loneliness: a concept analysis

Nurs Forum. Oct-Dec 2008;43(4):207-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2008.00114.x.


Topic: Loneliness is a universal human experience recognized since the dawn of time, yet it is unique for every individual. Loneliness can lead to both depression and low self-esteem.

Purpose: This article explicates the concept of loneliness through the examination of its conceptual definition and uses, defining attributes, related concepts, and empirical referents.

Sources of information: Literature review using hand search and database were used as sources of information.

Conclusion: Because loneliness is commonly encountered in nursing situations, the information provided will serve as a framework for assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of clients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Concept Formation
  • Emotions
  • Existentialism / psychology
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Loneliness / psychology*
  • Models, Nursing*
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Nurse's Role / psychology
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Self Concept
  • Social Behavior
  • Social Isolation