Causes of involuntary loneliness among adolescents and young adults: an integrative review

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Abstract

Loneliness among adolescents and young adults is a multifaceted phenomenon. The aim of the study was to synthesize the existing knowledge on the different causes of involuntary loneliness among adolescents and young adults. The research question was: What underlies involuntary loneliness among adolescents and young adults? This article is based on a modified integrative literature review on the existing research and literature on the causes underlying involuntary loneliness among adolescents and young adults. Original, peer-reviewed papers in English published from 2010 to 2020 were sought. Four main themes and 7 subthemes emerged linked to causes of involuntary loneliness among adolescents and young adults. The four main themes were: Loneliness due to different dimensions of suffering, Loneliness due to personal barriers, Loneliness due to negative life experiences, Loneliness due to life transitions. The subthemes were: Physical suffering, Mental suffering; Personality traits, Inefficient coping strategies; Significant loss, Bullying/cyberbullying, Insecure family relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-514
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2022
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Keywords

  • young adults
  • adolescents
  • loneliness
  • involuntary loneliness

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