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Social Isolation

  • By: Jeffrey A. Smith, Miller McPherson & Lynn Smith-Lovin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Social isolation refers to the separation of individuals from others, especially a lack of strong social ties. It may be defined in terms of behavioral or perceived isolation or as a combination of the two. By any of these definitions, older, ...

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