It hurts to be lonely! Loneliness and positive mental wellbeing in Australian rural and urban adolescents

Houghton, Stephen, Hattie, John, Carroll, Annemaree, Wood, Lisa and Baffour, Bernard (2016) It hurts to be lonely! Loneliness and positive mental wellbeing in Australian rural and urban adolescents. Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, 26 1: 52-67. doi:10.1017/jgc.2016.1


Author Houghton, Stephen
Hattie, John
Carroll, Annemaree
Wood, Lisa
Baffour, Bernard
Title It hurts to be lonely! Loneliness and positive mental wellbeing in Australian rural and urban adolescents
Journal name Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-2911
1839-2520
Publication date 2016-01-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/jgc.2016.1
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 52
End page 67
Total pages 16
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This study examined associations between loneliness, a construct associated with serious adverse mental health outcomes, and positive mental wellbeing. Validated measures of loneliness (represented by friendship-related loneliness, isolation, positive attitude to solitude, and negative attitude to solitude) and positive mental wellbeing were administered to 1,143 adolescents from urban and rural schools. Confirmatory factor analyses revealed satisfactory model fit for both measures. A structural equation model confirmed significant positive associations between positive mental wellbeing and friendship-related loneliness and positive attitude to solitude; a significant negative association was found for isolation. Regression analyses provided support for significant differences in these associations according to gender, age, and geographical location (although only marginally). The implications of these findings during adolescence are reviewed.
Keyword Loneliness
Adolescents
Positive mental wellbeing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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