Loneliness and the development of social relationships in Malaysian university students

Intan H. M. Hashim1, Siamak Khodarahimi2
1School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
2School of Social Sciences, Eghlid Branch-Islamic Azad University, Iran
Cite this article:  Hashim, I. H. M., & Khodarahimi, S. (2012). Loneliness and the development of social relationships in Malaysian university students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40(2), 227-238.

Volume 40 Issue 2 | e2480 | Published: February 2012 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.2.227

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In this study we investigated loneliness and how social relationships develop in university students. Participants were 67 first-year students beginning their first semester in a university in northern Malaysia. We collected information regarding respondents’ background, their descriptions of the social network at the university, and their level of loneliness. The study was conducted in 2 parts over a 10-week period; at 4 weeks after their registration and then at 14 weeks after their registration. Findings suggest development of friendship was still in progress and loneliness had increased at Time 2.
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