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WHATA guide to different scales that measure loneliness in older age.
WHYTo help service providers, organizations and others to better understand and measure loneliness and social isolation in older adults.
WHERECampaign to End Loneliness. United Kingdom.

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“The principal aim of this guidance is to provide information on different scales that organizations can use to measure the impact of their interventions on loneliness in older age.”

“Firstly, loneliness has a negative impact on our quality of life, and mental and physical health. Secondly, measuring loneliness will help you to demonstrate the positive impact of your work on the way people feel about their relationships and connections and give you a more detailed understanding than a wellbeing measure can.” Guide: Measuring Your Impact on Loneliness in Later Life.

The Guide to Measuring Loneliness provides information on different loneliness questionnaires and scales for older adults and others.

The Guide to Measuring Loneliness covers four loneliness scales:

The Campaign to End Loneliness Measurement Tool
• The De Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scale
• The UCLA Loneliness Scale
• Single-Item Scale

Each scale presents statements or asks participants different questions about feeling lonely followed by response categories such as strongly disagree, disagree, agree etc.

Sample statements about being lonely include:

  • I am content with my friendships and relationships.
  • I have enough people I feel comfortable asking for help at any time.
  • My relationships are as satisfying as I would want them to be.
  • I experience a general sense of emptiness.
  • I miss having people around me.


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