The mediating role of loneliness in the association between exposure to terror and psychological distress in older adults

Yifat Faran, Yoav S. Bergman, Eyal Klonover

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Abstract

Terror attacks are known to bear detrimental effects on psychological distress in children, adolescents and young adults, but less is known about their influence on older adults. There is also evidence for increased loneliness following stressful events, but less is known about the mediating role of loneliness on the relation between terror attacks and psychological distress. The present study investigated the relation between exposure to terror attacks and psychological distress in older adults, as well as the potential mediating role of loneliness. Data were collected from 686 older adults (Mage= 73.49, SD= 6.02, range=65–94), who provided information regarding exposure to terror, loneliness, and psychological distress. Exposure to terror was positively associated with loneliness, which was, in turn, positively associated with psychological distress. Moreover, the link between terror exposure and psychological distress was mediated by loneliness. Our findings demonstrate the relation between exposure to terror and psychological distress in old age and suggest that loneliness contributes to this association.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
Volume170
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2024
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Aging population
  • Loneliness
  • Mediation
  • Psychological distress
  • Terror attack

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