What is it about?

We completed an in-depth analysis on experiences of loneliness during the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. We found that people felt that the loss of in-person contact was causing loneliness, that their freedom was constrained, and that they experienced challenging emotions and attempted to cope with their loneliness by distracting themselves and reaching out to other people.

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Why is it important?

Loneliness is a distressing experience which can lead to poor physical and mental health outcomes. Understanding how people experience loneliness is vital to inform how we can respond to these feelings.

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This page is a summary of: Connection, constraint, and coping: A qualitative study of experiences of loneliness during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, PLoS ONE, October 2021, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0258344.
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