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How Does Multi-Morbidity Relate to Feeling of Loneliness among Older Adults? Evidence from a Population-Based Survey in India

Ansari, Salmaan, Muhammad, T., Dhar, Murali (2023) How Does Multi-Morbidity Relate to Feeling of Loneliness among Older Adults? Evidence from a Population-Based Survey in India. Journal of Population Ageing, 16 . pp. 45-66. ISSN 1874-7884. (doi:10.1007/s12062-021-09343-5) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:104519)

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We aim to examine multimorbidity as a risk factor for feeling of loneliness among older adults in India. Further, we investigate the interactive effects of sex and living arrangements in the association of multimorbidity and feeling alone in old age. The study involved a cross-sectional design of baseline data from the Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI, 2017–18). A single-item measure was used from the 10-item Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D-10) to capture the feeling of loneliness among older adults. Model 1 in the multivariable analysis (Wald χ2 = 6.50, p < 0.05, Pseudo R2 = 0.0011) produced a significant association between multimorbidity and feeling alone (UOR = 1.20, CI: 1.04–1.38). In models 2 and 3, socio-demographic variables, as well as health and behavioral factors were added and it is found that model fit has been increased significantly (Wald χ2 = 524.82, p < 0.0001, Pseudo R2 = 0.0430), showing a positive association of multimorbidity with the feeling of loneliness. These findings highlight the importance of knowledge about multimorbidity to determine individuals at risk for higher loneliness scores in order to promote healthy aging.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s12062-021-09343-5
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Funders: Serviço de Intervenção nos Comportamentos Aditivos e nas Dependências (
Depositing User: Salmaan Ansari
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2024 05:58 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2024 12:22 UTC
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