Loneliness among in-school adolescents in Ghana: evidence from the 2012 Global School-based Student Health Survey

Seidu, Abdul-Aziz (2020) Loneliness among in-school adolescents in Ghana: evidence from the 2012 Global School-based Student Health Survey. Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 32 (2-3). pp. 67-76.

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Abstract

Objective

This study sought to assess the prevalence and correlates of loneliness among in-school adolescents in Ghana using data obtained from the 2012 Global School-based Health Survey conducted in Ghana.

Results

A total of 1 266 in-school adolescents participated in the study. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to examine the prevalence and correlates of loneliness. The prevalence of loneliness was 18.4%. Adolescents who felt hungry in-school (AOR = 0.43), those who used tobacco (AOR = 2.31), those who used alcohol (AOR = 1.71), those who felt anxious (AOR = 2.44), those who were bullied (AOR = 1.55), and those who sustained an injury (AOR = 1.33) were more likely to feel lonely than those who did not go hungry in-school, those who did not feel anxious, those who did not use alcohol, and those who did not experience bullying. Adolescents in Senior High School 4, those who were connected (AOR = 0.33), and bonded (AOR = 0.21) to their parents had lower odds of being lonely compared to those in Senior High School 1, those not connected, and those not bonded to their parents.

Conclusion

There is a need for loneliness prevention programs targeting improvement in parental support skills, helping adolescents develop friendship skills, counselling uptake, and prevent bullying victimisation in senior high schools in Ghana.

Item ID: 67311
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1728-0591
Copyright Information: Copyright © NISC Pty Ltd
Date Deposited: 14 May 2021 02:42
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology @ 30%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420606 Social determinants of health @ 35%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520101 Child and adolescent development @ 35%
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