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The Role of Social Support and Social Connectedness in Predicting Loneliness

Erdinç Duru
2008; 23(61):15-24

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The purpose of the study was to examine the role of social support and social connectedness in predicting loneliness among college students. The sample was composed of 404 college students (212 female and 192 male) studying in different departments of the Pamukkale University, Turkey. Results showed that friend support, family support, support by a signifi cant other and social connectedness correlated signifi cantly in the expected direction with measures of loneliness. As students’ level of social support and social connectedness increased their level of loneliness decreased. Findings also indicated that friends support, support by a signifi cant other and social connectedness were direct predictors of loneliness. The regression model accounted for 56 % of the variance for loneliness. Results further showed that there was an interaction effect between support by a signifi cant other, family support and social connectedness in predicting loneliness. Inspection of these interaction effects (simple slopes) revealed that the negative relations between support by a signifi cant other and family support, and loneliness were stronger for students have lower levels of social connectedness. Moreover, other fi ndings indicated that loneliness did not signifi cantly differ by gender. Implications of these fi ndings are discussed and suggestions are presented within the context of literature.

Keywords: Loneliness, social support, social connectedness, college students