Loneliness NZ

Academic research

Loneliness is a young and quickly developing academic research field

Much of the loneliness research to date in New Zealand has focused on measuring loneliness; and is for older adults aged 65+.  In New Zealand there is relatively little understanding of loneliness in the under 65 age group – which accounts for more than 80% of loneliness.  There is little research into loneliness intervention programs; nor the role of group dynamics and society play in mediating loneliness. A good synopsis of research on loneliness in New Zealand is provided by the following nine publications.