ERIC Number: ED237229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Children's Loneliness: A Comparison of Rejected and Neglected Peer Status.
Asher, Steven R.; Wheeler, Valerie A.
Recent research indicates that a considerable number of children report extreme feelings of loneliness and that unpopular children are more lonely than popular children. The present study assessed feelings of loneliness in two subgroups of unpopular children: those who were rejected (low on positive and high on negative peer nominations) and those who were neglected (low on both positive and negative peer nominations). Data on popular, average, and controversial children were also collected. Results from 200 third- through sixth-grade children indicated that rejected children were the most lonely group and that popular children were the least lonely. Neglected, average, and controversial children reported intermediate levels. Overall, the results provided added evidence of the utility of the distinction between neglected and rejected status and support earlier conclusions that rejected children are more at-risk than other status groups. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Multiple Measures Approach; Popularity
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).