Coping with loneliness in adolescence: A cross-cultural study Rokach, Ami

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The strategies which were examined included 1) Acceptance and reflection (being by one’s self to become acquainted with one’s fears, wishes and needs; and consequently, accepting one’s loneliness and resultant pain), 2) Self-development and understanding (the increased self intimacy, renewal, and growth which are often the results of active participation in organized groups, or of receiving professional help and support), 3) Social support network (the re-establishing of social support networks which can help one feel connected to, and valued by, others), 4) Distancing and denial (denial of the experience and pain of loneliness by alcoholism, drug abuse, and other deviant behaviors), 5) Religion and faith (the need to connect to, and worship, a divine entity Through affiliation with a religious group and practicing its faith one can gain strength, inner peace, and a sense of community and belonging) and 6) Increased activity (active pursuit of daily responsibilities as well as fun-filled solitary or group activities, thus maximizing one’s social contacts). Some may indulge in isolation as a defensive strategy, possibly as a consequence of emotional pain, while others may never have learned how to meaningfully connect to anyone beyond themselves.

Coping with loneliness in adolescence: A cross-cultural study Rokach, AmiAuthor InformationView Profile; Neto, Felix. Social Behavior and Personality; Palmerston North28.4 (2000): 329.

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