Dimensions of loneliness 1985

SND-ID: snd0265-1. Version: 1.0. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5878/000897


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Sociology

Research principal

Uppsala University - Department of Sociology rorId


This project attempts to describe how strongly and how often people in different situations experience the feeling of loneliness, and what they do to overcome these feelings. The respondents were asked about the environments they grew up in, present family situation, significant changes during the last year, and number of friends and acquaintances. Other questions dealt with things important in a close friendship. The respondents had to indicate if they agreed or disagreed with a number of statements about themselves.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 15-80 years and residing in Sweden

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random
Ur registret över totalbefolkningen drogs i augusti 1985 ett obundet slumpmässigt urval om 4 193 individer.

Time period(s) investigated

1985-09-01 – 1985-10-01



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1985-09-01 – 1985-10-01
  • Data collector: Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
  • Source of the data: Population group
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Sociology

Topic and keywords

Research area

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Sociology (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Equality, inequality and social exclusion (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)


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Tornstam, L. (1989) Dimensions of Loneliness. In Aging; Clinical and Experimental Research. Milano: Kurtis.
Swepub | Till lärosätets (uu) databas

Tornstam, L., (1988) Ensamhetens ansikten : en studie av ensamhetsupplevelser hos svenskar i åldrarna 15-80 år. Work report no. 29 from the project *Äldre i samhället - förr, nu och i framtiden*. Uppsala: Department of Sociology. ISBN: 91-506-0685-9.
ISBN: 91-506-0685-9

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Published: 1993-03-01
Last updated: 2021-04-21