Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)



First Advisor

Dr. Kelly MacArthur and Dr. Joseph Brown


Chronic loneliness is associated with negative health consequences. Those that suffer from chronic loneliness typically exhibit bad health behaviors, such as excessive alcohol and drug consumption, which can lead to physical ailments, such as heart disease or even death (Steptoe et. al., 2013; Shoevestul et. al., 2020). Additionally, chronic loneliness is associated with mental health; higher reported feelings of loneliness has been associated with higher rates of depression (Shovestul et. al., 2020). As loneliness varies by socio-demographics, such as sex, women report higher rates of loneliness than men (Maes et. al., 2019). To better understand the factors associated with loneliness, and what accounts for the gender differences in reported feelings of loneliness, a descriptive analysis and a multiple regression analysis of a health behavior assessment administered by the American College Health Association to college students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The results from the hierarchical regression analysis of the data accounted for around half of the variation in loneliness (Adjusted R2= .497), with depression having the strongest effect (β=.697). In fact, the significant variables associated with loneliness in this study affected women more significantly, especially depression.