‘The invisible enemy’: disability, loneliness and isolation

Macdonald, Stephen J, Deacon, Lesley, Nixon, Jackie, Akintola, Abisope, Gillingham, Anna, Kent, Jacqueline, Ellis, Gillian, Mathews, Debbie, Ismail, Abolaji, Sullivan, Sylvia, Dore, Samouka and Highmore, Liz (2018) ‘The invisible enemy’: disability, loneliness and isolation. Disability & Society, 33 (7). pp. 1138-1159. ISSN 0968-7599

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The aim of this article is to quantitatively explore the relationship between disability, emotional loneliness and social isolation. The data analysis presents a number of statistically significant findings which illustrate that disabled people (N = 250) were at increased risk of experiencing emotional loneliness and social isolation compared with the nondisabled group (N = 355). This study identifies a number of disabling barriers which result in this overrepresentation of disabled people. The study aims to move away from a pathological explanation of linking loneliness and social isolation to disability, in order to explain this occurrence from a barrier-based approach.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Klaire Purvis-Shepherd
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 14:23
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2020 10:41
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/10594
ORCID for Stephen J Macdonald: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4409-9535

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