The Phenomenon of Loneliness
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In this thesis, the phenomenon of loneliness is explored in depth. Loneliness is pervasive and leads to physical health as well as mental health problems. As such, loneliness is an important topic for study as more research may lead to better intervention and prevention measures. This is a manuscript thesis. The phenomenon of loneliness itself is explored in Essay I. In Essay II, loneliness is explored as it impacts specific (mostly marginalized) populations. The third and final essay centres on the demographic economic, social, and genetic factors that impact loneliness in an attempt to provide an in-depth analysis of factors impacting the experience of loneliness. Implications for counsellors are offered and areas for further research identified at the end of Essay 3.