Journal article

Loneliness Over Time: The Crucial Role of Social Anxiety

Michelle H Lim, Thomas L Rodebaugh, Michael J Zyphur, John FM Gleeson

JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2016

Abstract

Loneliness is known to be associated with multiple adverse physical outcomes, including higher mortality and morbidity risk. However, the impact of loneliness on mental health is less well researched, with most studies assessing how loneliness relates to depressive symptoms alone. We hypothesized that 2 mental health symptoms that relate to the fear of others-social anxiety and paranoia-would contribute to loneliness. We examined how loneliness relates to social anxiety, paranoia, and depression symptoms in a general community sample aged 18-87 years old (N = 1,010). We administered online measures over 3 time points across a 6-month period. In a cross-lagged structural equation model contro..

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