Social stress in early adolescents' daily lives: Associations with affect and loneliness

Eeske van Roekel*, Thao Ha, Maaike Verhagen, Emmanuel Kuntsche, Ron H. J. Scholte, Rutger C. M. E. Engels

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    Abstract

    Adolescence is characterized by increased social stress due to changes in interpersonal relationships, but little is known about daily experiences of social stress. The aim of the present study was to examine daily life predictors of increases in social stress, how these increases affected adolescents' mood, and whether loneliness moderated these relations. The Experience Sampling Method was used to measure positive and negative affect and increases in social stress in 278 early adolescents from the Netherlands. Results showed that adolescents were most likely to experience increases in social stress when they were with classmates, during week days, and in the morning. Lonely adolescents showed higher increases in social stress and responded more negatively to increases in social stress, compared to non-lonely adolescents. (C) 2015 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)274-283
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Adolescence
    Volume45
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec-2015

    Keywords

    • Loneliness
    • Experience sampling method
    • Social stress
    • Affect
    • Early adolescence
    • SEROTONIN TRANSPORTER GENE
    • LIFE EVENTS
    • DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS
    • NEGATIVE EVENTS
    • REJECTION
    • MOOD
    • RISK
    • ACCEPTANCE
    • TRANSITION
    • MECHANISM

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