Childhood loneliness as a predictor of adolescent depressive symptoms: an 8-year longitudinal study

@article{Qualter2009ChildhoodLA,
  title={Childhood loneliness as a predictor of adolescent depressive symptoms: an 8-year longitudinal study},
  author={Pamela Qualter and Stephen L. Brown and Penny Munn and Ken J. Rotenberg},
  journal={European Child \& Adolescent Psychiatry},
  year={2009},
  volume={19},
  pages={493-501}
}
Childhood loneliness is characterised by children’s perceived dissatisfaction with aspects of their social relationships. This 8-year prospective study investigates whether loneliness in childhood predicts depressive symptoms in adolescence, controlling for early childhood indicators of emotional problems and a sociometric measure of peer social preference. 296 children were tested in the infant years of primary school (T1 5 years of age), in the upper primary school (T2 9 years of age) and in… 
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