Major Life Events as Predictors of Loneliness in Adolescence

Mathias Lasgaard, Cherie Armour, Rikke Holm Bramsen, Luc Goossens

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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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages631-637
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Loneliness
  • Life events
  • Adolescence
  • Latent class analysis
  • Family

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Lasgaard, Mathias ; Armour, Cherie ; Bramsen, Rikke Holm ; Goossens, Luc. / Major Life Events as Predictors of Loneliness in Adolescence. In: Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2016 ; Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 631-637.
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Lasgaard, M, Armour, C, Bramsen, RH & Goossens, L 2016, 'Major Life Events as Predictors of Loneliness in Adolescence', Journal of Child and Family Studies, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 631-637. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0243-2

Major Life Events as Predictors of Loneliness in Adolescence. / Lasgaard, Mathias; Armour, Cherie; Bramsen, Rikke Holm; Goossens, Luc.

In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2016, p. 631-637.

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