Are you lonely? A study about loneliness, in university students, in Selcuk University
Deniz, Mehmet Engin
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Introduction: Human beings are social by nature. They desire to form and maintain positive and significant interpersonal relationships. Loneliness may affect mood, social skills and sociability. In addition to mental health problems, an obvious negative influence on physical wellbeing has been linked to loneliness. Approximately 15–30% of people experience loneliness. Purpose: The aim of this was to evaluate the relationship of loneliness with gender, age and socio-demographic variables in a group of university students. Methods: R-UCLA scale was applied to the voluntary university students who admitted to community health center for any reason except illness. Independent variables were collected by a questionnaire. Chi-square, correlation, t-test and Tukey analysis were employed. Results: The participants were 446 students (244 women, 202 men) whose mean age was 20.84 ±1.97 years. The overall prevalence of feeling lonely was 43.3%. The loneliness levels of male students were significantly higher than female students (p<0.05). Although, other variables weren’t effecting loneliness levels (p>0.05), satisfaction with current environment had a significant positive effect (p<0.05). Conclusion: Although association of loneliness and organic illnesses is still in debate, more frequent use of health care systems by lonely individuals was documented. The recognition and assessment of loneliness should be a key especially for primary care physicians to enhance life satisfaction, physical health.