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Major Life Events as Predictors of Loneliness in Adolescence

Lasgaard, Mathias, Armour, Cherie, Bramsen, Rikke Holm and Goossens, Luc (2016) Major Life Events as Predictors of Loneliness in Adolescence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25 (2). pp. 631-637. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0243-2

DOI: doi:10.1007/s10826-015-0243-2

Abstract

The present study investigates the validity of early major life events as predictors of loneliness among 978 high-school students. A cross-sectional research design was utilized to examine the relationship between latent classes of six major life events and feelings of family-related and peer-related loneliness. Latent class analysis revealed three distinct event typologies: a normative group, a mover and divorce group, and a loss and illness group. Subsequent logistic regression revealed that membership of the movers and divorce group was associated with family-related loneliness, but not with peer-related loneliness. Membership of the loss and illness group was not associated with family-related or peer-related loneliness. The study lends some support to theoretical approaches that associate loneliness with major life events. However, the mixed study results underscore the relevance of investigating a spectrum of life events and distinguishing between different sources of loneliness.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Loneliness, Life events, Adolescence, Latent class analysis, Family
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:33148
Deposited By: Prof Cherie Armour
Deposited On:08 Mar 2016 16:31
Last Modified:08 Mar 2016 16:31

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