RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LONELINESS AND ANXIETY IN ADOLESCENTS WITH MILD INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
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The findings of the current research presented in the article show that adolescents with mild intellectual disabilities experience loneliness significantly more frequently than their nondisabled peers. They are therefore more exposed to the negative consequences of this state of affairs since loneliness as a psychological phenomenon involves many negative emotions. The author of the article attempts to find the answer to the question about the relationship between these adolescents' loneliness and anxiety – a feature as a relatively permanent predisposition to experience fears and tensions in most situations in life – which – according to research reports – is an important trait of their personality. Participants of the study were 30 students with a statement of mild intellectual disabilities and their 30 peers with normal mental development. The empirical material collected allowed a positive verification of the assumption about the correlation between different forms of loneliness and anxiety experienced by adolescents with intellectual disabilities, even though this correlation was lower and referred to a narrower scope of relationships included in the study than in the case of students with normal mental development.
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