The current study investigates the relationships among self-reported feelings of chronic social isolation, risk, and protective factors. The study sample included 2,516 adolescents and young adults. Participants responded to survey questions regarding relationships, risk behaviors, psychological health, and protective factors. The findings revealed that reported social isolation at Time 1 was associated with an increased risk for social isolation at Time 2. Demographic characteristics were associated with an increased risk of chronic social isolation. Individuals with chronic isolation demonstrated psychological issues such as higher levels of depressive symptoms and lower levels of self-esteem. Dropout and increased screen time were a risk factor for chronically isolated females. Protective factors did not significantly influence the associations between social isolation and risk.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. August 2011. Major: Educational Psychology. Advisor: Sandra Christenson, Ph.D. 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 129 pages, appendix A.
Hall-Lande, Jennifer Ann.
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