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Social cognition interventions effective against loneliness

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Interventions targeting how a person feels about themselves and others are the most effective at tackling loneliness, an American study has found.

The review, which analysed the methods and results of 20 papers that tested loneliness interventions, looked at strategies falling into four categories: improving social skills, increasing social support, creating opportunities for social interaction and addressing social cognition.

It found the interventions had a small but significant effect on reducing loneliness and that those targeting social cognition, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, were the most effective by far. 

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