00053 Social isolation

00053 Social isolation

Definition of the NANDA label

State in which the individual experiences a feeling of loneliness imposed by others and that perceives it as a negative or threatening state.

Aloneness experienced by the individual and perceived as imposed by others and as a negative or threatening state.

Defining characteristics

• Absence of loved ones or support (family, friends and group).
• Incommunication, self-absorption, lack of eye contact.
• Sadness and boredom.
• Emotional numbness.
• Inappropriate or immature interests and activities for the individual’s age or stage of development.
• Mutism, withdrawal, and lack of eye contact.
• Projection of hostility in the voice and behavior.
• Repetitive actions devoid of meaning.
• Search for loneliness or belonging to a subculture.
• Behaviors not accepted by the dominant culture.
• Preoccupation with one’s thoughts.
• Evidence of physical and mental limitations or altered well-being.
• Lack of goals in life.
• Feeling of inability to meet the expectations of others.
• Expression of feelings of loneliness imposed by others.
• Expression of feelings of rejection.
• Experience of feeling different from other people.
• Insecurity in public.
• Inability to accept the values ​​of the dominant culture.

Related factors

• Alterations of the mental state.
• Alterations in physical appearance.
• Non-acceptance of behaviors or social values.
• Contributing elements to the absence of satisfactory personal relationships, such as the delay in carrying out tasks typical of the development phase.
• Immature interests.
• Difficulty establishing satisfactory personal relationships.
• Alteration of the welfare state.
• Loss of a loved one.
• Inadequate personal resources.

Associated condition

• Alteration in mental status – Alteration in physical appearance
• Alteration in wellness


• Family environment: internal.
• Wellness.
• Emotional balance.
• Social interaction skills.
• Social involvement.
• Participation in leisure activities.
• Participation in games.
• Loneliness.
• Social support.


• Stimulation of family integrity.
• Increase coping.
• Enhancement of self-awareness.
• Control of mood.
• Behavior modification: social skills.
• Complex relationships in the hospital.
• Promotion of socialization.
• Entertainment therapy.
• Play therapy.
• Increase support systems.
• Promotion of family involvement.

This diagnosis will retire from the NANDA-I Taxonomy in the 2021-2023 edition unless additional work is completed to bring it up to a level of evidence 2.1 or higher.