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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. 

 

Recommendations

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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