Understanding Social and Emotional Loneliness among Black Older Adults: A Scoping Review Academic Article uri icon

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  • Black older adults’ (BOAs) experience of loneliness differs from other ethnic groups because of the disproportionate disadvantages faced across their life course. This scoping review aimed to describe the range of research on loneliness or subjective social isolation among BOAs, identifying the contributing factors to loneliness in this population, based on Weiss’ Social provision Framework. Of the 15,345 initial retrieved citations from seven databases and corporate websites, we included 27 studies conducted in the USA, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Uganda. Studies reporting on BOAs’ experience of loneliness focused on the influence of attachment, social integration, opportunity for nurturance, reassurance of worth, guidance, socio-economic factors, health-related factors and behaviors, and technology, media device possession and usage. There is a need for future studies to identify which social provisions (when targeted) could reduce loneliness, allowing clinicians to develop relevant interventions.


  • Ojembe, Blessing Ugochi
  • Kalu, Michael Ebe
  • Donatus Ezulike, Chigozie
  • Iwuagwu, Anthony Obinna
  • Ekoh, Prince Chiagozie
  • Oyinlola, Oluwagbemiga
  • Osifeso, Temitope
  • Makanjuola, John Osuolale
  • Kapiriri, Lydia

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  • December 2022