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ERIC Number: EJ837781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
An Investigation of Depression and Loneliness among School Principals
Izgar, Huseyin
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v9 n1 p247-258 Win 2009
This research aimed to investigate whether loneliness predicts depression, and to examine the levels of depression loneliness among school principals according to such variables as gender and educational background. The study was conducted on 232 school principals (37 females and 195 males). Thirty six of the participants had associate degrees, 164 had undergraduate degrees and 32 had graduate degrees. The UCLA Loneliness Questionnaire and the Beck Depression Inventory were used in order to gather the data. t-test, ANOVA, Pearson moments correlation coefficients and linear regression were used in order to analyze the data. Whether the levels of loneliness and depression differed significantly across gender was analyzed with a t-test. The results showed that the mean level of loneliness was x-bar = 34.38 for females and x-bar = 32.58 for males and the mean level of depression was x-bar = 29.11 for females and x-bar = 28.39 for males. Neither of the mean differences was significant (p = 0.15, p = 0.49, respectively). ANOVA was used in order to observe whether loneliness and depression levels differed according to educational levels. The mean loneliness levels were found to be x-bar = 34.45 for those who had associate degrees; x-bar = 32.59 for those who had undergraduate degrees; and x-bar = 33.93 for those who hold graduate degrees. Similarly, the levels of depression were found to be x-bar = 29.60 for those who had associate degrees; x-bar = 28.37 for those who had undergraduate degrees; and x-bar = 28.50 for those who hold graduate degrees. Neither of the mean differences was significant (p = 0.39, p = 0.61). However there was a significant relationship between loneliness and depression when this relationship was observed with Pearson-product moments correlation coefficient (p = 0.05). A simple linear regression analysis showed that loneliness scores predicted 15.3% of depression.
Educational Consultancy, Ltd (EDAM). Kisikli Mh. Alemdag Cd. Yan Yol Sk., SBK Is Merkezi No:5 Kat:1, Uskudar-Istanbul, 34692 Turkey. Tel: +90-216-481-30-23; Fax: +90-216-481-31-36; e-mail: editor@edam.com.tr; Web site: http://www.edam.com.tr/estp.asp
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Depression Inventory; UCLA Loneliness Scale