Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Tea Trillingsgaard

Different sources of loneliness are associated with different forms of psychopathology in adolescence

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  • M. Lasgaard
  • Luc Goossens, Departmennt of Psychology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Rikke Holm Bramsen, Denmark
  • Tea Trillingsgaard
  • Ask Elklit, Institute of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Department of Psychology
The present study investigated associations between loneliness in different social relationships and indicators of psychopathology in adolescence. A nationally representative sample of 1009 high school students completed measures of three types of loneliness and six indicators of psychopathology. Results indicated that peer-related and family-related loneliness were associated with depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation, whereas peer-related and romantic loneliness were associated with social phobia. In contrast, only family-related loneliness was associated with deliberate self-harm and eating disorders. It is important, therefore, to distinguish between experiences of loneliness in different social relationships, in particular the peer versus the family setting, when investigating loneliness and psychopathology in adolescence.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume45
Issue2
Pages (from-to)233-237
Number of pages5
ISSN0092-6566
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011

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