This interdisciplinary network of scholars are exploring the nature and seriousness of childhood and adolescent loneliness. Key questions for investigation include: What is the nature of the experience of loneliness during childhood and adolescence? How severe are its effects? What rights, if any, do children and adolescents have against being socially isolated or feeling lonely? If children prefer to be isolated, do we have good psychological and moral reasons to disregard their preferences? What are the online behaviours of lonely children and adolescents? Is it morally acceptable to encourage lonely children and adolescents to use social media as a surrogate for direct interaction?
INCLUDE is funded by The Independant Social Research Foundation