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Reconnecting America’s Loneliest Generation 

By Josh Packard, PhD, John M. Vitek, MA, Jerry Ruff, Brian Singer-Towns and Ellen Koneck, MAR





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Nearly 1/3 of young people say they have no trusted adults in their lives. 


35% say they have no one to turn to when they feel stressed.

How do we help young people find a place to belong—where they are noticednamed, and known?

In Belonging: Reconnecting America’s Loneliest Generation, Springtide™ Research Institute shares new research about the landscape of loneliness drawn from our national study. The study has revealed epidemic levels of isolation among young people and has shown why participation does not equate to belonging


Our research demonstrates how you can cultivate thriving, relationship-driven programs that truly connect with young people: Simply put, you are the solution. The presence of just one trusted adult in the life of a young person cuts severe isolation in half.  Building this sense of true belonging in young people is a process you can easily weave into your work with them.

Using our unique, research-based Belongingness Process, we’ll show you how and what you can do to help young people feel noticednamed, and known so that you can turn the tide on the epidemic of loneliness for the newest generations.


About Springtide™ Research Institute

Springtide is listening to the inner and outer lives of young people ages 13 to 25. As an unbiased research institute, we seek to help those who care about young people care better, by amplifying and honoring young people’s lived experiences through careful research and actionable insights.

Product details

Publisher: Springtide™ Research Institute

Copyright: March 30, 2020

Format: Paperbound

Size: 7.25 x 9.25

Length: 76 pages

ISBN: 978-1-64121-089-8

ISBN-10: 1-64121-089-3

Digital ISBN: 9781641210966

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