The experience of loneliness among children with special educational needs

Malka Margalit, Liana Raskind

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Loneliness can be a distressing feeling reflecting perceptions of critical failure in achieving valued interpersonal needs. Students with special educational needs (SEN, UNESCO, 2011), are currently defined by what they cannot do; by milestones unmet, activities avoided, and experiences denied because of their disabilities. They are considered at greater risk of experiencing loneliness (Margalit, 1994). The purpose of this review is to present current theory and research related to loneliness in students with SEN, focusing on personal and interpersonal characteristics, as well as contextual conditions such as family and school, and the critical roles played by parents, peers, and teachers in inclusive education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-68
Number of pages14
JournalPsychology and Education
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2013


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