Loneliness in Children and Adolescents: What Do Schools and Teachers Need to Know and How Can They Help?

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Abstract

In this article the author conducts a brief review of the research on childhood loneliness in school-age children and the long-term outcomes, especially in relation to the utility of intervening. She advocates an approach based on increasing social competence, developing mutual friendships and overcoming self-defeating thought patterns. Whole-school or whole-class based interventions are described and recommended. She concludes that all components of loneliness should be addressed, not merely the lack of social skills. She argues that since the long-term outcomes of loneliness are as yet unknown, there is no practical and ethical justification for focusing interventions on an individual. Interventions that involve the whole-school or whole-class are theoretically capable of alleviating loneliness in childhood providing they are not narrowly focused.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-18
Number of pages9
JournalPastoral Care in Education
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2003

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