Loneliness: experience, causes and challenges to social cohesion” (No. S-LIP-20-23), State Lithuanian Studies and Dissemination Programme for 2016-2024

Project duration: 2020-06-01 – 2022-06-01
Project leader: dr. Margarita Gedvilaitė-Kordušienė

Loneliness – an unpleasant experience due to the mismatch between the number and quality of desired and actual social relations, is often termed “an epidemic of the modern society” in the public discourse. Its impact on individuals and development of society is tremendous. Research shows that loneliness has significant impact on individual physical or mental health, increases mortality and has other social costs, i.e. increasing expenses for health care and accommodation in nursing homes. As a consequence of social exclusion, loneliness is usually associated with older people, but research increasingly shows that younger age groups experience it as well, for example, in the postcommunist countries even more often than older population in the Western European countries. The indicators of loneliness place Lithuania on the top among the countries of the European Union. The aim of this project is to analyse the scope, factors and experiences of loneliness among young and middle aged population. Based on the data of the European Social Survey and a nationally representative survey, we will aim to estimate the prevalence and factors of loneliness in Lithuania. Additionally, a qualitative study will be employed to analyse the conception and experiences of loneliness among young and middle aged people and to investigate challenges to social inclusion they face. On the base of the research results we will prepare recommendations for social policy.