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dc.contributor.authorVasileiou, Konstantinaen
dc.contributor.authorBarnett, Julieen
dc.contributor.authorBarreto, Manuelaen
dc.contributor.authorVines, Johnen
dc.contributor.authorAtkinson, Marken
dc.contributor.authorLong, Kielen
dc.contributor.authorBakewell, Lyndseyen
dc.contributor.authorLawson, Shaunen
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Michaelen
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-05T13:46:37Z
dc.date.available2018-12-05T13:46:37Z
dc.date.issued2018-11-29
dc.identifier.citationVasileiou, K. et al., (2018) Coping with loneliness at University: a qualitative interview study with students in the UK. Mental Health & Preventionen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/17307
dc.description.abstractLeaving home to attend University constitutes a transition that is often characterized by an increased risk of loneliness, a psychological state that predicts poor mental health outcomes. Informed by a comprehensive conceptual framework of coping with stress, this study sought to examine the coping strategies young adults deploy to manage experiences of loneliness whilst studying at University. A qualitative, cross-sectional study was designed. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 University students who had moved away from home to study, and who self-identified experiencing loneliness. We used directed qualitative content analysis to analyse the data both between and within participants. The results demonstrate that participants used a variety of coping strategies to manage the distressing experience of loneliness. Accommodation, mainly in the form of distraction, support-seeking, social isolation, self-reliance, and problem-solving behaviours were the most prevalent coping strategies mentioned. Coping reflecting helplessness, escape, submission, and more rarely, opposition, were also found, albeit less often. Students showed evidence of a wide-ranging coping repertoire, with the deployment of specific coping strategies presenting as highly selective and contextual. Strategies for coping with loneliness take into account constraints and opportunities in the environment, the availability and appropriateness of social resources, as well as individual resources and needs.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.subjectLonelinessen
dc.subjectstudentsen
dc.subjectDesignen
dc.subjectCreative Practiceen
dc.subjectInterviewsen
dc.subjectCopingen
dc.titleCoping with loneliness at University: a qualitative interview study with students in the UKen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhp.2018.11.002
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.funderESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)en
dc.funderAHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)en
dc.funderEPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)en
dc.funderDstlen
dc.funderCPNIen
dc.projectidES/M003558/1en
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NC-NDen
dc.date.acceptance2018-11-26en
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Drama, Dance and Performance Studiesen


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