Loneliness and coping strategies adopted by adolescents during covid-19 pandemic
Dr. Prema Janardan
Youth is a transition period from the dependant stage of childhood to the independent stage of adulthood. The age group that constitutes youth is from 15 years to 29 years and 27.5% of the population in India constitute the youth. Loneliness is an unpleasant response to isolation. The purpose of this study is to assess the loneliness as perceived by the youngsters and the coping strategies adopted by adolescents during the covid pandemic. A descriptive design was chosen for this study. A descriptive design was chosen for this study. Data was obtained from 150 adolescents. The perceived loneliness was assessed using modified De Jong Gierveld Scale and the coping strategies was assessed using a checklist. The findings of the study revealed that 68% of the youth were in the age group of 17 to 19 years and 32% of the youth were in the age group of 14 to 16 years in that 80.67% were male and 19.33% were female. There was negative correlation between loneliness and coping strategy. There was a significant difference among the male and female adolescents in the coping strategies adopted. Generally, we always relate the term loneliness to the elderly. But from this study findings, we conclude that this covid-19 pandemic has made the most energetic group of youngsters also feel this loneliness caused by the isolation.