Loneliness: Psychosocial Risk Factors, Prevalence and Impacts on Physical and Emotional Health


Danielle L. Rhodes (Editor)

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY013000

Loneliness is a current phenomenon that is not only influenced by personal characteristics but also by contextual conditions, resulting in cross-cultural variations in the ways in which we experience and cope with loneliness. This book presents data on loneliness in romantic relationships among emerging adults; children’s and adolescents’ experience of loneliness and social dissatisfaction in the context of social, economic and cultural changes, and a review on the existing literature on the antecedents of psychological loneliness with special emphasis on emotional factors.

It is widely acknowledged that individuals with autism spectrum disorders spend a lot of time in isolation, since they have difficulties interacting with peers or significant others. The most prevalence and promising interventions for overcoming loneliness in these individuals is critically evaluated in this book and suggestions for improvements and further research are made. The authors of other chapters also discuss the role of loneliness in the dynamic that leads some victimized adolescents to attack their peers; the need for effective treatments targeting loneliness; the relationship between dying and loneliness; the psychological effects of loneliness in immigrants parents and their relationship to anger; and finally, the factors that may predict the level of loneliness among immigrants (including self-esteem, contact with national peers, gender and duration of residence).
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Communication, Relationship Satisfaction, Attachment and Physical/Psychological Symptoms: The Mediating Role of Loneliness
(Pereira, M.G., Taysi, E., Fincham, F.D., & Machado, J.C., University of Minho, School of Psychology, Portugal, and others)

Loneliness, Relational Gender and Offline-Online Dating Violence: Reality through the Mirror
(Amapola Povedano, María-Carmen Monreal, María Muñiz, Pepa Cuesta, Chiara Santoro and Giovanna Campani, University of Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain, and other)

Loneliness in Children and Adolescents Across Cultures
(Jinsol Lee and Xinyin Chen, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA)

Emotional Antecedents of Psychological Loneliness: A Review and an Emerging Model
(Leehu Zysberg, Professor, head of the research authority, Gordon College of Education, Haifa, Israel)

Loneliness Experienced by Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(Efrosini Kalyva and Vlastaris Tsakiris, The International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY COLLEGE, Thessaloniki, Greece, and other)

Aggressive Victims’ Loneliness in School from a Gender Perspective: The Relational Way of Defending Oneself
(Amapola Povedano, Estefanía Estévez and Cándido J. Inglés, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain, and others)

An Examination of Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Loneliness and Cultural Considerations for their Implementation
(Jennifer Tucker, Kyna Pak, Laura Neely, Stacy Tylor, Victoria Colborn, Marjan Ghahramanlou-Holloway, The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc., Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory for the Treatment of Suicide-Related Ideation and Behavior, Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and others)

The Lonely Preparation for Death
(Eric J. Ettema, Department of Medical Humanities, VU Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Psychosocial Effects of Loneliness on the Parents of Health Migrants: Stress and Anger within
(Luisa M. Massimo and Daniela Caprino, Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, G. Gaslini Scientific Children’s Hospital, Genova, Italy)

Predictors of Loneliness among Ukrainian Immigrants Living in Portugal
(Félix Neto and Marta Pinto da Costa, Universidade do Porto, Portugal)


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