Position Statement 3
Social wellbeing is independent from other related concepts
Social connection, social isolation, and loneliness differ from other related mental health (e.g., depression), cognitive-behavioural (e.g., solitude), and personality (e.g., introversion/extroversion) factors, and have independent effects on health and wellbeing. However, these factors may be mechanisms by which social connection, isolation, and loneliness influence health and well-being.
3.1 - Awareness campaigns should provide clear and accurate information that allows social isolation and loneliness to be correctly distinguished from other problems.
3.2 - Researchers need to be precise and explicit about which aspects of social health they are investigating.
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