Loneliness and mental health among adolescent females in boarding schools

Michelle Rudrum

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Abstract

Loneliness is linked with a myriad of mental health problems, particularly depression. Adolescent females in boarding schools may be prone to loneliness and depression. A comparison of adolescent females in boarding and non-boarding schools found no differences in loneliness. Adolescent females in boarding schools reported significantly more depressive symptoms, however. Focus groups with female adolescent boarders revealed this was attributed to two situations: Immediately before starting homework each night; and when mobile communication devices were handed to staff prior to lights out. Brief Cognitive Behavioural Therapy targeted these specific times but did not lead to reductions in depressive symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctorate
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Houghton, Stephen, Supervisor
  • Glasgow, Kenneth, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date5 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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