Coping with loneliness in adolescence: A cross-cultural study

Ami Rokach1, Felix Neto2
1The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Psychosocial Stress, Canada
2Faculdade de Psicologia e de Cincias da Educacion, Portugal
Cite this article:  Rokach, A., & Neto, F. (2000). Coping with loneliness in adolescence: A cross-cultural study. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 28(4), 329-342.

Volume 28 Issue 4 | e1033 | Published: August 2000 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2000.28.4.329

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In the present study we examined the influence of cultural background on adolescents’ ability to cope with loneliness. Three hundred and six adolescents (aged between 13 and 18) from Canada and Portugal answered an 86-item questionnaire which examined the beneficial strategies which they used to cope with loneliness. The strategies which were examined included acceptance and reflection, self development and understanding, social support network, distancing and denial, religion and faith, and increased activity. Results revealed that adolescents of the two cultures differed on three subscales. Gender differences between, and within, cultures were also examined.

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