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Social Isolation: Effects on Youth

Social Isolation: Effects on Youth

Social isolation, the lack of interaction and connection with other people, can have detrimental effects on a person’s physical and mental health. Children and teens that experience social isolation over long period of time may even develop health issues that follow them into adulthood. Research also shows that a sense of belonging is an important part of success in school.

  • Mental Health Effects

    Low self-esteem




    Eating disorders

    Suicidal tendencies

  • Physical Effects

    Headaches and stomach aches

    Sleep disturbances

    Obesity or extreme weight loss

    Increased risk of substance abuse

    Long-term effects of high blood pressure

    Long-term effects of poor cardiovascular health

    Long-term effects of high cholesterol

  • Academic Effects

    Less engaged during class time

    Less likely to participate in discussions or group work

    Lower motivation and effort in school work

    Lower scores on assignments and tests

    Decreased attendance rates

    More likely to drop out of school

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