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Thesis (M.S.)--University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 1976.


Copyright 1976, the author. Used by permission.


This research was conducted to examine loneliness among adolescents who have physical impairments. Feelings of loneliness were examined in relation to: 1) grade in school, 2) sex, 3) duration of impairment, 4) number of residence changes, 5) closeness of family relationships, 6) childhood happiness, 7) extracurricular activities, 8) self-esteem, 9) ease of making friends, 10) number of close friends, 11) distance from home to school, 12) mechanical assistance and implied mobility restrictions, 13) maternal employment, 14) present state of happiness, 15) extent of happiness during the past year, 16) solitude activities correlated with activities selected to relieve loneliness, and 17) amount of time spent alone.

The forty-seven subjects who responded to the research questionnaire were selected from the Omaha, Lincoln, Fremont, Waverly, Fairbury, Scottsbluff, and Grand Island areas. Of the forty-two questionnaires utilized for statistical analysis, the most commonly indicated impairment was cerebral palsy. Paraplegia, quadriplegia, and muscular dystrophy ranked as the least commonly reported impairments. There were nineteen males and twenty-three females involved in the final data analysis. Respondents ranged in age from thirteen through nineteen years of age.