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J Cross Cult Gerontol. 1997 Sep;12(3):203-24.

Predictors of loneliness in centenarians: a parallel study.

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College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University, Ames 50011, USA.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate predictors of loneliness in centenarians for two countries: The USA and Sweden. It was hypothesized that cognition, personality, social support and physical health would predict loneliness. Results indicated that personality, social support and physical health were good predictors of loneliness in the US sample, while cognition and social support were the strongest predictors in the Swedish sample. Social support predicted loneliness negatively in the US sample, but was positively associated with loneliness in Sweden.


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