A community based social identity approach to loneliness (2020–2023)
Social prescribing is a novel community- based approach to managing loneliness, but it is unclear when and how it is effective. This project draws on social identity theorising to address these questions. With four studies including
longitudinal, cross-sectional, and experimental methods, we will generate new knowledge about how best to
engage isolated people in group programs to produce sustained benefits for individuals and the community. We
expect to produce a validated social prescribing model that can be implemented in multiple settings across
Australia, where loneliness is a pressing concern. The project has potential to reduce loneliness, to guide more
appropriate use of health services, and to strengthen communities.