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Online schooling as a predictor of loneliness: a cross cultural perspective

Jones, Robert (2022) Online schooling as a predictor of loneliness: a cross cultural perspective. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Loneliness has been both theorised with regards to its onset and development and studied with respect to its prevalence among undergraduate students and its effects on cognition and physiology by social scientists both generally and specifically to young adults. Research has studied the prevalence of loneliness and multiple specific effects at an undergraduate level e.g. how loneliness effects each gender. However, the extensive body of literature involves undergraduate students who experience in-person classes. With the mass introduction of online teaching as a response to the covid-19 pandemic, this study aimed to fill the gap in the literature by providing a cross cultural perspective between two countries (Ireland and Canada) as to whether a relationship exists between loneliness and hours spent proportionately both in-person and online. Additionally, type of residence was factored in allowing for a greater and novel understanding as to how that predicts loneliness. Participants (N = 157) were recruited both through social media using voluntary response sampling and through recruitment websites using simple random sampling. Participants shared relevant demographic information and completed the UCLA Loneliness Scale. Results of a multiple linear regression found that in-person hours, online-hours, and the relationship between online hours and in-person was not a significant predictor of loneliness. This study indicates that other factors, such as age and country, are better predictors for loneliness occurring rather than the number of hours spent either with in-person or online schooling. The result of this study allows for a greater perspective into what the possible factors that predict loneliness.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Loneliness; undergraduate; online teaching; in-person teaching; Ireland; Canada
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1001 Canada (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2022 14:47
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 14:47

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