‘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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Abstract

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
Volume33
Issue number7
Early online date19 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Sep 2018

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    Macdonald J. , S., Deacon, L., Nixon, J., Akintola, A., Gillingham, A., Kent, J., Ellis, G., Mathews, D., Ismail, A., Sullivan, S., Dore, S., & Highmore, L. (2018). ‘The invisible enemy’: disability, loneliness and isolation. Disability and Society, 33(7), 1138-1159. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2018.1476224