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Scottish survey reveals the scale of social isolation and loneliness

More than 70% of young adults with learning disabilities reported feeling lonely ‘a lot of the time’, according to a campaigning organisation
Isolation and loneliness

More than 70% of young adults with learning disabilities reported feeling lonely ‘a lot of the time’, according to a campaigning organisation

Social isolation is a potent determinant of poor health, as such its effect on people with learning disabilities needs to be better understood and this will help inform the practice of learning disability nurses in reducing health inequalities.

A survey by Learning Disability Alliance Scotland explored experiences of isolation and loneliness among more than 200 people.

Young people and adults between 16-34 years showed particularly high levels of isolation, and this was often linked with school/college/apprenticeships coming to an end. A total of 35% of people noted that they had no one other than paid carers to call on if they needed help, and 16% said they stayed at home seven days a week.

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