The Young Australian Loneliness Survey
Oct 11, 2019
The Victorian health promotion organisation VicHealth commissioned research into young people’s experience of loneliness. “The Young Australian Loneliness Survey” included the views of 1520 young people, and considered demographics, social isolation risk, mental health symptoms, and emotional regulation. Loneliness is the subjective feeling of isolation that a person feels, which includes feelings of social disconnection and feeling misunderstood. More than one in four young people involved in the study reported problematic levels of loneliness, with higher rates amongst the young adult group compared with the adolescent group. Young people who were lonelier were more likely to report social anxiety, depressive symptoms and unhelpful emotional coping strategies.