Journal article

Reduced Emotional Awareness and Distress Concealment: A Pathway to Loneliness for Young Men Seeking Mental Health Care

David Kealy, Zac E Seidler, Simon M Rice, Daniel W Cox, John L Oliffe, John S Ogrodniczuk, Dan Kim

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: Loneliness, the painful affective state that reflects perceived deficits in social relationships, is a significant health issue requiring further understanding. Individual differences in awareness and disclosure of emotional concerns may contribute to loneliness, and may do so diversely according to gender and age. The present study examined a hypothesized mediation pathway from emotional awareness abilities to loneliness through distress concealment, with moderation by gender and age, in a sample of adults attending outpatient mental health services. Methods: In a cross-sectional study design, 244 patients attending Canadian community mental health clinics completed study assess..

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Grants

Awarded by Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research


Funding Acknowledgements

Preparation of this manuscript was supported by a Scholar Award, #18317, awarded to the DKe by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.