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GSSO 199.02 Loneliness: What it is and what to do about it (Dr. Khanh Bui): Getting Started

The guide will lead you to resources for your study of loneliness

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Lyons, C. L. (2018, August 3). Loneliness and Social Isolation. CQ researcher28, 657-680. Retrieved from

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Course Description

Loneliness is a painful awareness that one’s social relationships are less numerous or meaningful than one desires. Loneliness does not necessarily coincide with aloneness. To feel lonely is to feel excluded from a group, unloved by those surrounding oneself, unable to share one’s private concerns, or alienated from those in one’s surroundings. In 2018, CIGNA conducted a survey of more than 20,000 U.S. adults and found that (a) roughly 54% are lonely and (b) Generation Z (adults ages 18-22) is the loneliest generation. This seminar will examine the latest research on loneliness and ways to cope with loneliness. Furthermore, as a course that introduces the student to the college experience, it strives to build a learning community, sharpen critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, enhance effective communication through writing assignments and oral presentations, improve information literacy, apply the University’s Christian mission, and hone life-management skills, including a proactive approach to lifelong learning.