Developing a measure of loneliness.


Research on loneliness has been hindered by the lack of a simple and reliable assessment technique. The development of the UCLA Loneliness Scale, a short, 20-item general measure of loneliness is reported. The measure has high internal consistency (coefficient alpha = .96) and a test-retest correlation over a two-month period of .73. Concurrent and preliminary construct validity are indicated by correlations with self-reports of current loneliness and related emotional states, and by volunteering for a "loneliness clinic."

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@article{Russell1978DevelopingAM, title={Developing a measure of loneliness.}, author={Dan Russell and Letitia Anne Peplau and Mary Lee Ferguson}, journal={Journal of personality assessment}, year={1978}, volume={42 3}, pages={290-4} }