B3942 - Chronic adolescent loneliness Methods to capture and understand its developmentmanifestation and experience among young people - 10/12/2021

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Efstathios Papachristou | UCL Institute of Education (United Kingdom)
Dr Becky Taylor, Dr Eleanore Hargreaves, Prof Pamela Qualter, Prof Phil Jones, Prof Vivian Hill, Dr Caroline Bond, Dr Michelle Cannon, Dr Katya Saville
Title of project: 
Chronic adolescent loneliness: Methods to capture and understand its development,manifestation and experience among young people
Proposal summary: 

Loneliness is a deeply troubling experience of feeling unwanted by, excluded from and/or unworthy of the social companionship a person desires. Our concern relating to loneliness is part of a global concern for the strong mental health of adolescents which addresses to how young people experience life as they shift from childhood to adulthood, a turbulent time in their development. Our proposed research aims to use an innovative interdisciplinary mixed-methods approach to help grow the evidence base on how loneliness drives poor mental health in order to design new solutions that most effectively nurture the relationships that sustain people.

Impact of research: 
The main academic beneficiaries of this research will be: developmental and educational psychologists; child development and education researchers; teachers and educators; and policy makers interested in promoting child well-being. Moreover, the findings of this work will inform the qualitative data collection part of the project which is part of the same proposed grant, by identifying the most robust predictors of trajectories of loneliness.
Date proposal received: 
Wednesday, 1 December, 2021
Date proposal approved: 
Wednesday, 1 December, 2021
Mental health - Psychology, Psychiatry, Cognition, Behaviour - e.g. antisocial behaviour, risk behaviour, etc., loneliness, Statistical methods, Development, Social science