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Anna Reetta Rönkä, Vappu Sunnari, Arja Rautio, Markku Koiranen & Anja Taanila (2017) Associations between school liking, loneliness and social relations among adolescents: Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986 study, International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 22:1, 93-106, DOI: 10.1080/02673843.2015.1136659

Associations between school liking, loneliness and social relations among adolescents : Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986 study

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Author: Rönkä, Anna Reetta1,2; Sunnari, Vappu1; Rautio, Arja3;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, Women’s and Gender studies, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Centre for Arctic Medicine, Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2017
Publish Date: 2018-01-30


School is an important social environment, but it can also be a devastating place for those who experience loneliness, are bullied or have problematic social relations. These negative experiences might be associated with school dislike, which in turn can negatively affect pupil’s motivation, academic success and overall well-being. This study examined the associations between school liking with self-reports of experiences of loneliness and social relations in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986. The answers of 16-year-olds to two adolescents’ questionnaires were investigated (n = 5817) using binomial logistic regression. For girls, variables associated with school dislike were being somewhat or very lonely, for girls and boys hanging around with friends/kids who get in trouble and for boys being afraid of going to school and not getting along with other adolescents. Schools should pay attention to creating safe and supporting social and learning environment so that everyone can thrive at school.

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Series: International journal of adolescence and youth
ISSN: 0267-3843
ISSN-E: 2164-4527
ISSN-L: 0267-3843
Volume: 22
Issue: 1
Pages: 93 - 106
DOI: 10.1080/02673843.2015.1136659
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 314 Health sciences
516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, Eino Jutikkala Foundation and The Alma and K.A.Snellman Foundation, Oulu, Finland.
Copyright information: © 2016 the author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.