Reaching People with Disabilities to Learn About Social Connection and Loneliness

March 21, 2022

People with disabilities experience higher rates of social isolation and loneliness than people without disabilities. However, there is limited information about how these feelings are experienced by people with specific types of disabilities.

Research by RTC:Rural Director Dr. Catherine Ipsen highlights how conventional methods of recruiting people with disabilities for participation in research may not adequately represent the diverse population, particularly those at greatest risk of experiencing social isolation and loneliness. Rather, by using alternative methods to complement these conventional recruitment strategies we can improve our understanding of social isolation and loneliness among different groups of people with disabilities.

To read more about this, check out the full research report:
Reaching people with disabilities to learn about their experiences of social connection and loneliness