College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Correlates of Loneliness in Nonreferred and Psychiatrically Hospitalized Children

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1993

Keywords

Loneliness, Social Isolation, Depression, Internalizing Problems, Child Psychopathology

Publication Title

Journal of Child and Family Studies

ISSN

1573-2843

Volume

2

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.1007/BF01321330