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The concept known as “social isolation” is a problem that affects many people, but there are certain populations that do not have adequate research performed on them. Specifically, college students face a risk of social isolation that is detrimental to their well-being and academic success, and there is a gap in the literature about this relationship. This study explored the prevalence of social isolation in college students at a Christian college in West Texas and examined various factors to determine whether any protective factors or at-risk factors existed. An online survey was sent out that used 11 demographic factor questions and a 6-instrument scale called the Lubben Social Network Scale (LSNS-6). The survey had 214 participants. The study also tested the LSNS-6 and its validity to be used with college students. The findings indicated that social isolation prevalence in college students is 8.4% and that there are three protective factors and at- risk factors that influence the risk for social isolation. The study also found the LSNS-6 to be valid when used with college students. The protective factors are being White, Christian, and heterosexual, and the at-risk factors are being female, being a freshman, and having a GPA of 2.6 or lower. This study provides more understanding into how social isolation operates and helps to facilitate future research to examine social isolation and college students.
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Elliott, David, "Exploring the Prevalence of Social Isolation in Students at a Christian College in West Texas" (2021). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 345.