The relationship between loneliness and depressive symptoms in children and adolescents: a meta-analysis

Carissa Dunn, Gemma Sicouri*

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    Abstract

    Objective: To provide a quantitative assessment of the literature examining the cross-sectional association between loneliness and depressive symptoms in children and adolescents. Method: A total of 44 studies from 35 articles (n = 27, 214; mean age 13.63 years; 51% female) met inclusion criteria. Results: A medium, positive correlation between loneliness and depressive symptoms in children and adolescents was found (r =.48). Age and gender did not moderate the relationship between loneliness and depressive symptoms. Conclusion: Loneliness may be a particular risk factor for depression. These results have implications for COVID-19 disease containment measures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)134-145
    Number of pages12
    JournalBehaviour Change
    Volume39
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2022

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    Keywords

    • loneliness
    • depression
    • children
    • adolescents
    • meta-analysis

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