This study investigated the influence of loneliness and relationships with parents and friends on the psychological well-being or adolescent malaise. Data were collected via two questionnaires (LLCA- Marcoen, Goossens & Caes, 1987; TRI- Bracken, 1996) from a sample of 330 Italian adolescents, males and females, aged between 11 and 19. As hypothesized, results showed that a positive relationship with friend and parents promotes psychological well-being in adolescents and reduces malaise. In addition, the study showed that the adolescents were able to distinguish between different states of loneliness; on one hand they could recognize the pain of isolation and social refusal, and on the other , they could recognize the pleasant dimension of loneliness, according to the age and the sex. Therefore loneliness can be a risk for the adolescent's well-being if it is caused by social refusal, but it can also be a developmental need (parallel to the need for attachment), and can promote psychological well-being when adolescents choose to be alone.
Psychological well-being in adolescence: The contribution of interpersonal relations and experience of being alone / CORSANO P.; CHAMPRETAVY L; MAJORANO M. - In: ADOLESCENCE. - ISSN 0001-8449. - 41:162(2006), pp. 341-354.
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