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Deleterious effects of unchosen solitude on adolescents' mental and social health: The moderating role of self‐esteem

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Can self‐esteem reduce the deleterious effects of solitude on adolescents' mental and social health? Solitude is twofold because it can be chosen (self‐determined) or forced (not self‐determined). When it is not a chosen behavior (e.g., social ignorance, exclusion, or fear of others' judgment), individuals experience higher levels of anxiety and depression and feel the deleterious effects of loneliness more. On the other hand, the level of self‐esteem relates positively to lower levels of anxiety and depression as well as to good social relationships. We hypothesized that self‐esteem moderates the effects of unchosen solitude. Eighty high school students participated in this study by filling out a self‐report booklet of questionnaires. We first examine the links between unchosen solitude and anxiety, depression, loneliness, hopelessness, and quality of the connection to family and peers; next, we examine the moderating role of self‐esteem in these links. Regression analyses confirm the classic negative effect of not‐self‐determined solitude on the health outcomes considered, and moderation analyses show that a good level of self‐esteem decreases this effect, at least on depression, hopelessness, and connection to peers. We suggest further studies to complete and refine these results and propose to assess more systematically the adolescents' self‐esteem and to reinforce it to prevent negative mental and social health outcomes.
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hal-04452636 , version 1 (14-02-2024)

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Gérald Delelis. Deleterious effects of unchosen solitude on adolescents' mental and social health: The moderating role of self‐esteem. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 2023, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 64 (6), p.710-718. ⟨10.1111/sjop.12930⟩. ⟨hal-04452636⟩
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