This study aims to understand the relationship between feelings of loneliness and the amount of self- disclosure in relationships, inconsistencies in the portrayal of an individual’s identity to other people, and the amount of social support felt in relationships. This study addresses feelings of loneliness reported in freshman students at Pepperdine University. Our findings suggest that deficiencies in self- disclosure negatively correlated with feelings of loneliness, as did feelings of a stronger social support system exhibit a negative correlation, but a positive impact among students in response to feelings of loneliness. Identity gaps were also found to be a prominent factor in feelings of loneliness.
Theresa De Los Santos
Rhodes, Jessica L.
"Loneliness: How Superficial Relationships, Identity Gaps, and Social Support Contribute to Feelings of Loneliness at Pepperdine University,"
Pepperdine Journal of Communication Research:
Vol. 2, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/pjcr/vol2/iss1/3