Psychological treatments as a tool for reducing loneliness

While loneliness is a common experience, some people feel lonely over longer stretches of time. Why is that and what can we do to help to help?

My research focuses on understanding why loneliness becomes a lasting problem for some people and whether internet-based psychological treatments can be of help for this group. With the help of the research group’s prior knowledge about internet-based treatments we have created and tested two interventions targeting loneliness.

One of these is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and the other makes use of another one form of psychotherapy called interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).

Apart from evaluating the effects of these interventions we have also sought to understand the population seeking help within our studies with regards to symptoms of psychiatric disorders. How common are mental health problems in this group? Are there specific subgroups with distinct symptom profiles?

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