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Relationship between loneliness and mental health in students

Relationship between loneliness and mental health in students
Relationship between loneliness and mental health in students
Purpose: Previous cross-sectional research has examined effect of loneliness on mental health. This study aimed to examine longitudinal relationships in students.

Design/Methodology: 454 British undergraduate students completed measures of loneliness and mental health at four time points.

Findings: After controlling for demographics and baseline mental health, greater loneliness predicted greater anxiety, stress, depression and general mental health over time. There was no evidence that mental health problems increased loneliness over time. There was no relationship with alcohol problems. Baseline loneliness predicted greater eating disorder risk at follow-up and vice versa.

Research Limitations/Implications: This study is limited by a relatively small and heavily female sample.

Implications: Social and psychological interventions to reduce loneliness in university settings may improve mental health.
1746-5729
48-54
Richardson, Thomas
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Elliott, Peter
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Roberts, Ron
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Jansen, Megan
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Richardson, Thomas
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Richardson, Thomas, Elliott, Peter, Roberts, Ron and Jansen, Megan (2017) Relationship between loneliness and mental health in students. Journal of Public Mental Health, 16 (2), 48-54. (doi:10.1108/JPMH-03-2016-0013).

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Abstract

Purpose: Previous cross-sectional research has examined effect of loneliness on mental health. This study aimed to examine longitudinal relationships in students.

Design/Methodology: 454 British undergraduate students completed measures of loneliness and mental health at four time points.

Findings: After controlling for demographics and baseline mental health, greater loneliness predicted greater anxiety, stress, depression and general mental health over time. There was no evidence that mental health problems increased loneliness over time. There was no relationship with alcohol problems. Baseline loneliness predicted greater eating disorder risk at follow-up and vice versa.

Research Limitations/Implications: This study is limited by a relatively small and heavily female sample.

Implications: Social and psychological interventions to reduce loneliness in university settings may improve mental health.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 October 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 May 2017
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 401938
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/401938
ISSN: 1746-5729
PURE UUID: 4d66d3e0-97b8-488f-9620-6d10cade7539

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Date deposited: 02 Nov 2016 09:48
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 05:38

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