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    Lonely SARTs: Loneliness and sustained attention in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing

    McHugh Power, Joanna and Hannigan, Caoimhe and Carney, Sile and Feeney, Joanne and Kenny, Rose Ann and Kee, Frank and Lawlor, Brian A. (2020) Lonely SARTs: Loneliness and sustained attention in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 27 (2). pp. 197-206. ISSN 1382-5585

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    Based on biologically plausible mechanisms and previous research, it is possible to hypothesize a reciprocal association between sustained attention and loneliness. We investigated this association using a cross-lagged modeling approach. Using data from 6,239 participants aged over 50 in TILDA, a nationally representative study of aging, we used structural equation models to investigate potential cross-lagged associations between sustained attention and loneliness, measured at baseline and again after four years. Sustained attention at baseline had a small association with loneliness four years later, but loneliness at baseline was not associated with sustained attention at follow-up. Auto-regressive associations were strong for both loneliness over time and sustained attention over time. Sustained attention may account for a small proportion of the variance in loneliness over time among older adults, and may constitute a risk factor in the development of loneliness. Implications for the identification of at-risk individuals and the prevention of loneliness are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Cognitive; cross-lagged; structural equation modelling; observational;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 13724
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    Depositing User: Joanna McHugh Power
    Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2021 10:38
    Journal or Publication Title: Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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