Our response to COVID-19

We're supporting people to maintain their wellbeing and manage isolation.


How is loneliness related to schizophrenia?

Loneliness is a subjective experience that arises when a person perceives their relationships to be inadequate to meet their need for belonging. It affects everyone from time to time, however people with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia may be particularly vulnerable as they often report poor social networks and lower social support.

What is the evidence on loneliness?

Moderate to high quality evidence suggests depression, low perceived social support, internalised stigma, and low self-esteem are associated with increased feelings of loneliness. Moderate quality evidence suggests low quality of life, perceived discrimination, and low self-efficacy are also related to loneliness. There appears to be no relationship between positive or negative symptoms and loneliness.

March 2019

Last updated at: 2:56 am, 23rd March 2019
To view documentation related to this topic download the files below
Fact Sheet Technical Commentary
Tags:  loneliness

NeuRA Libraries

Title Colour Legend:
Green - Topic summary is available.
Orange - Topic summary is being compiled.
Red - Topic summary has no current systematic review available.