Correlates of Loneliness in Nonreferred and Psychiatrically Hospitalized Children
Loneliness, Social Isolation, Depression, Internalizing Problems, Child Psychopathology
Journal of Child and Family Studies
We investigated psychosocial correlates of loneliness using self- and caretaker-reports in 6–12 year old nonreferred and psychiatrically hospitalized children. In Phase 1, 109 nonreferred children completed self-report measures of internalizing problems, mothers completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), and teachers completed the CBCL-Teacher's Report Form. In Phase 2, a similar assessment battery was completed for 109 psychiatrically hospitalized children. Results indicated a moderate to strong relationship between loneliness and self-reported depression, hopelessness, low self-esteem, and anxiety. Children reporting high and low levels of loneliness were not differentiated by parent or teacher reports. Lonely children had lower IQs than their non-lonely peers.
Ammerman, R. T.,
Kazdin, A. E.,
Van Hasselt, V. B.
(1993). Correlates of Loneliness in Nonreferred and Psychiatrically Hospitalized Children. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2(3), 187-202.
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