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Adolescent Loneliness: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Americans and Asian Indians

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The experience of loneliness for adolescents in the American and Asian Indian cultures was compared. The subjects for the study were 94 American college students and 104 Indian college students. Both samples completed the Loneliness Inventory, a demographic questionnaire, and rated their ease in making friends and degree of family closeness. Female American adolescents were significantly lonelier than female Inidan adolescents. There was no significant difference between the loneliness scores of the Indian versus the American male adolescents. American females were found to be lonelier than American males. There were significant effects of ordinal position and family closeness on Indian adolescent loneliness scores. Ease in making friends was significantly related to loneliness scores for both samples. Loneliness scores were not significantly affected by socioeconomic status, religiosity, number of siblings, and number of close friends for either sample.


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