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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Department of Human Development and the Family.


Copyright 1972, the author. Used by permission.


This research will be concerned with loneliness as experienced by University of Nebraska Freshmen Students in relation to the following: 1) sex; 2) the practice of a religious faith and church attendance; 3) residential location (rural or urban) during childhood; 4) father’s occupation; 5) family income; 6) adequacy of present income of student; 7) mother’s employment during childhood; 8) childhood happiness; 9) selected family relationships; 10) selected peer relationships; 11) dating status of students; 12) homesickness experienced by students; 13) extracurricular activities participated in by students.

Data for the study were gathered by means of a questionnaire mailed to 833 students selected at random from the total freshman class registered at the University of Nebraska, first semester, 1971- 1972. Completed questionnaires were returned by 345 students, 41% of the sample or 12% of the total freshman class. The research sample included 138 males and 207 females. Ninety-seven percent of the students were 18 or 19 years old, 99% were single. About 26% grew up on a farm, 26% in small towns, the remainder in cities or metropolitan areas. The majority of the students’ fathers were business or professional people with incomes over $8,000 per year.

Advisor: John C. Woodward