What is it about?

• Individual approaches cannot sufficiently explain differences in loneliness; rather, an integrative perspective should be adopted. • Urbanization is associated with greater individual loneliness. • Residence in temporary housing was a significant risk factor for social loneliness.

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Why is it important?

• We improved the 6-item De Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scale and differentiated emotional loneliness and social loneliness in the analysis. • Our research illustrates how to properly model locational parameters in analyses of individual well-being. • Although situated in the specific context of urbanization in China, our findings draw attention to the need for more comparative analysis involving other developing countries/regions undergoing rapid urbanization.

Perspectives

As our study was situated in the context of in-situ urbanization in China, these results may well indicate that the process of urbanization, which is ongoing, demonstrates a more negative impact on residents’ emotional attachment than on perceived social support. Beyond demonstrating how urbanization is associated with greater individual loneliness, our study also illustrates how to properly model locational parameters in analyses of individual outcomes of well-being based on a national sample.

LIN GONG

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This page is a summary of: Loneliness in urbanising China, Health & Social Care in the Community, June 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/hsc.13451.
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