Presentation Title

Emerging Adults’ Feelings of Loneliness in College

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-178

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

This cross-sectional study examined emerging adults’ reasons for loneliness in a sample of 262 (193 females, 69 males) emerging adults. Exploratory factor analysis revealed that the causes of emerging adults’ loneliness were best described using three underlying dimensions -- social integration deficits, relationship intimacy deficits, and stage-specific deficits. The results also showed that students’ reasons for loneliness varied as a function of gender and class standing. Females scored higher than males on the social deficits and stage-specific deficits dimensions. First-year-students were more likely than other students to identify social deficits as the source of their loneliness. School personnel will likely benefit from a fuller understanding of the factors that challenge students’ emotional wellbeing.

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Emerging Adults’ Feelings of Loneliness in College

HUB 302-178

This cross-sectional study examined emerging adults’ reasons for loneliness in a sample of 262 (193 females, 69 males) emerging adults. Exploratory factor analysis revealed that the causes of emerging adults’ loneliness were best described using three underlying dimensions -- social integration deficits, relationship intimacy deficits, and stage-specific deficits. The results also showed that students’ reasons for loneliness varied as a function of gender and class standing. Females scored higher than males on the social deficits and stage-specific deficits dimensions. First-year-students were more likely than other students to identify social deficits as the source of their loneliness. School personnel will likely benefit from a fuller understanding of the factors that challenge students’ emotional wellbeing.