‘The invisible enemy’: disability, loneliness and isolation.

Stephen, Macdonald J. , Lesley Deacon, Jackie Nixon, Abisope Akintola, Anna Gillingham, Jacqueline Kent, Gillian Ellis, Debbie Mathews, Abolaji Ismail, Sylvia Sullivan, Samouka Dore, Liz Highmore

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The aim of this article is to quantitatively explore the
relationship between disability, emotional loneliness and
social isolation. The data analysis presents a number of
statistically significant findings which illustrate that disabled
people (N
250) were at increased risk of experiencing
emotional loneliness and social isolation compared
with the nondisabled group (N
355). This study identifies
a number of disabling barriers which result in this overre-
presentation of disabled people. The study aims to move
away from a pathological explanation of linking loneliness
and social isolation to disability, in order to explain this
occurrence from a barrier-based approach
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1138-1159
JournalDisability and Society
Issue number7
Early online date19 Sept 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Sept 2018


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