Analysis Of Loneliness Over Time: The Crucial Role Of Social Anxiety
Loneliness Over Time: The Crucial Role of Social Anxiety This article studied the mental health symptoms of paranoia and social anxiety and their contribution to loneliness. Loneliness is said to be an emotional state that is characterized by subjective perceptions of social isolation and can be seen as a marker that one’s relationships may be inadequate or failing to meet expectations (Heinrich and Gullone, 2006). The research from population-based studies notes a higher prevalence rate of loneliness in those patients diagnosed with social anxiety disorder (Meltzer et al., 2013). The aim of this research was to test the hypothesis that loneliness at an earlier time will result in higher levels of social anxiety, paranoia, and depression at a later time.
Measures and Procedures In order to test this hypothesis, a community sample from the United States was used and the study was completed online. The individuals within that sample totaled to 1,010 and ranged from ages of 18 to …show more content…
Furthermore, a large majority of these individuals were women and over half of the participants admitted to having taken psychotropic medication at one point in time. The testing period was 18-24 weeks with participants completing the study up to three times within that period of time. The participants completed several online assessments in order for the data to be collected; the first of those was the Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale. This assessment is able to measure the feelings of social isolation, loneliness, and dissatisfaction based on an individual’s social interactions. The next assessment that was used was the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale- Straightforward items. This questionnaire is able to determine the participant’s anxiety-related reactions to different social interactions. The Green et al. Paranoid Thoughts Scale was