Major life events as predictors of loneliness in adolescence

Mathias Lasgaard, Cherie Armour, Rikke Holm Bramsen, Luc Goossens

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The present study investigates the validity of early major life events as predictors of loneliness among 978 high-school students. A cross-sectional research design was utilized to examine the relationship between latent classes of six major life events and feelings of family-related and peer-related loneliness. Latent class analysis revealed three distinct event typologies: a normative group, a mover and divorce group, and a loss and illness group. Subsequent logistic regression revealed that membership of the movers and divorce group was associated with family-related loneliness, but not with peer-related loneliness. Membership of the loss and illness group was not associated with family-related or peer-related loneliness. The study lends some support to theoretical approaches that associate loneliness with major life events. However, the mixed study results underscore the relevance of investigating a spectrum of life events and distinguishing between different sources of loneliness.

TidsskriftJournal of Child and Family Studies
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)631-637
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2016

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