Loneliness, Meaning in Life and Depressive Symptoms among First-Year Engineering Students

1 M.Sc. Psychology, Department of Psychology, Central University of Karnataka, Kalaburagi

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Central University of Karnataka, Kalaburagi

Abstract

Aim: To assess the relationship between loneliness, meaning in life and depressive symptoms among first year engineering students.

Method: The study adapted a descriptive and co-relational research design. Data was collected from a sample of 205 first year engineering students from colleges in Kozhikode, using convenient sampling method. The scales used were UCLA Loneliness Scale (version 3), Meaning in Life Questionnaire, and DASS-21.

Results: An inverse relationship exists between loneliness and meaning in life (r= -0.369, p< 0.01), and between meaning in life and depressive symptoms (r= -0.438, p< 0.01). A positive correlation was found between loneliness and depressive symptoms (r= 0.577, p<0.01). The regression coefficient of loneliness on meaning in life was 0.130, of meaning in life on depressive symptoms was 0.192, and of loneliness on depressive symptoms was 0.333. Conclusion: Loneliness explained a greater variance in depressive symptoms. Meaning in life was found to have a greater effect on depressive symptoms of non-depressed population than of the depressed population.

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