This is a volume on loneliness and what can be done to address its pain. While most books simply describe loneliness from one author’s point of view, this volume includes a comprehensive review of the literature and employs top researchers in the field discuss their own research findings, conclusions and clinical experience. It explores the relationship between loneliness and sexuality, loneliness and optimism, and parental loneliness during pregnancy and childbirth. It also addresses loneliness throughout the life cycle in children, adolescents, the elderly and disabled, leading to a variety of coping and therapeutic modalities aimed at helping those who suffer from loneliness in its various forms.
Prologue: What Do We Do About Loneliness? Ami Sha’ked and Ami Rokach PART I: Perspectives on Loneliness 1. Loneliness, Alienation, Solitude and Our Lives Ami Rokach 2. Cognitive and Motivational Roots of Universal Loneliness Ben Mijuskovic 3. Loneliness and Sexuality William Fisher 4. Students Loneliness during Cross-Cultural Adjustments Marie-Claire Patron PART 2: Coping with Loneliness 5. Coping With Loneliness during Childhood and Adolescence Michal Einav, Eyal Rosenstreich, Uzi Levi and Malka Margalit 6. Coping with Loneliness in Children with Disabilities Adi Sharabi 7. Children and Adolescents’ Coping with Loneliness Marilyn A Campbell 8. Coping with Loneliness at Work Sarah L. Wright 9. Addressing Loneliness in Romantic Relationships Ami Sha’ked 10. Optimism and Loneliness. Literature Review and Explanatory Models Hasida Ben-Zur 11. A Meaning-Centered Approach to Overcoming Loneliness during Hospitalization, Old Age, and Dying Paul T. P. Wong PART 3: Prevention and Clinical Interventions 12. Loneliness and Later Life. Concepts, Prevalence and Consequences Christina R. Victor 13. Loneliness Interventions in Students with Disabilities Shireen Pavri 14. Strategies to Prevent Loneliness Jenny De Jong Gierveld and Tineke Fokkema 15. Helping the "Poor Get Richer" – Successful Internet Loneliness Intervention Programs Sean S. Seepersad 16. Chronic Loneliness within an Attachment Framework. Processes and Interventions Enrico DiTommaso, Samantha R. Fizell, and Bryn A. Robinson Epilogue: Loneliness and Coping with It. Where Do We Go From Here? Ami Rokach & Ami Sha’ked