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Loneliness compendium: Examples from research and practice

Major life transitions may lead to increased risk of loneliness (for example relocation, bereavement, retirement, break up or loss of important relationships), as may situations which make someone feel marginalised from mainstream society or socially excluded due to things like unemployment, poverty, mental illness, old age, immigration, and being a lone parent. Teenagers may be particularly susceptible due to developments in their brain leading them to misread social cues and other’s emotions, as well as feeling overwhelmed by the various transitions at this age and fear of ostracism.