Loneliness Trajectories: The Role of Posttraumatic Symptoms and Social Support

Zahava Solomon, Moshe Bensimon, Talya Greene, Danny Horesh, Tsachi Ein-Dor

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Abstract

This study prospectively examines the longitudinal course of loneliness, social support, and posttraumatic symptoms (PTS) among Israeli war veterans. Two groups of veterans with and without antecedent combat stress reaction (CSR) were assessed at three points of time during a 20-year period. Veterans with CSR reported higher levels of loneliness compared with veterans without CSR. Loneliness remained stable among veterans with CSR but decreased among veterans without CSR. Baseline level of social support predicted the trajectory of change in loneliness. Finally, higher levels of PTS and lower levels of social support were associated with more loneliness among veterans with CSR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2015

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Keywords

  • combat stress reaction
  • loneliness
  • longitudinal study
  • posttraumatic symptoms
  • social support

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