Abir K. Bekhet, PhD Candidate, MSN, RN, is a Research Assistant, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, is Kate Hanna Harvey Professor of Community Health Nursing, Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; and Wagdy E. Nakhla, MD, is at Victoria Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt.
Loneliness: A Concept Analysis
Version of Record online: 18 NOV 2008
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Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 207–213, October 2008
How to Cite
Bekhet, A. K., Zauszniewski, J. A. and Nakhla, W. E. (2008), Loneliness: A Concept Analysis. Nursing Forum, 43: 207–213. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2008.00114.x
- Issue online: 18 NOV 2008
- Version of Record online: 18 NOV 2008
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.