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Xie, Xiaolin

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences


Everyone experiences loneliness, but high levels of loneliness are related to depression, low self-esteem, psychosomatic illnesses, and even suicide. The purpose of this paper is two-fold: 1) to find out of gender, year in school, marital status, grade point average, owning a car, awareness and use of support services, religious beliefs, living arrangement, and race are significant factors in the level of loneliness, 2) to educate the public about loneliness and implement programs to help college students. The scope of this study is limited to only American students. International students were taken into account in the original research but due to low participation this group was left out of the analysis. The research method used in this study was survey, the Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale. Major findings include no significant difference in the levels of loneliness between females and males, and freshmen, sophomores, and juniors as compared to seniors and graduate students. Students who own a car are less likely to be lonely. Students who are married or have a romantic partner are less lonely than students who are divorced, separated, or single without a romantic partner, and Caucasian students reported a lower loneliness score than students with ethnic backgrounds.


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14 pages




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