Dimensions of loneliness 1985

SND-ID: SND 0265

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Sociology


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.



Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Uppsala University

Responsible department/unit

Department of Sociology

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 15-80 years and residing in Sweden

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random

Time period(s) investigated

1985-09-01 – 1985-10-01

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Topic and keywords

Research area

Equality, inequality and social exclusion, Social behaviour and attitudes (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences, Sociology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


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Tornstam, L. (1989) Dimensions of Loneliness. In Aging; Clinical and Experimental Research. Milano: Kurtis.
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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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Dimensions of loneliness 1985

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Lars Tornstam. Uppsala University (1993). Dimensions of loneliness 1985. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/000897

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Lars Tornstam - Uppsala University, Department of Sociology

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



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Published: 1991-01-01
Last updated: 2021-04-21