Loneliness, or the dissatisfaction with the quality or quantity of one's social groups, is associated with poor health, perceived stress, general distress, and poor self-regard. College students are at a particular risk for loneliness and associated struggles because of sudden and persistent changes in social support. This may be particularly true for those with limited social skills. Social skills deficits, and subsequent loneliness, may persist because of social avoidance or psychological inflexibility with negative social experiences. The current study aimed to explore psychological inflexibility in relation to loneliness, assertiveness, and social support amongst college students. Psychological inflexibility predicted loneliness over and above assertiveness, and both structural and functional social support. Implications for intervention and future research are discussed.
|Advisor:||Sandoz, Emily K.|
|Commitee:||Lin, Hung-Chu, Perkins, Rick|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Social psychology|
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