Identification of a Suitable Short‐form of the UCLA‐Loneliness Scale

Identification of a Suitable Short‐form of the UCLA‐Loneliness Scale What is already known on this topicLoneliness has negative implications for mental health and wellbeing.The UCLA‐Loneliness Scale (LS) is a widely used measure of loneliness.Research has found little support for the proposed unidimensional structure of the UCLA‐LS.What this paper addsA review of previous research suggests that there are concerns with the factorial validity of the original 20‐item UCLA‐LS.The findings indicate that a 10‐item short‐form is similarly reliable and valid as the original 20‐item scale while also displaying superior model fit.Therefore, the 10‐item short‐form should reduce the burden on respondents while providing a statistically better alternative to the original scale.The UCLA‐Loneliness Scale (UCLA‐LS; Russell, ) has become one of the most widely used measures of loneliness (Dussault, Fernet, Austin, & Leroux, ). The measure comprises 20 items, which have consistently displayed a high level of convergent validity and internal consistency. However, the results for factorial validity have been mixed. This suggests that the measure may include items that are not assessing a unidimensional conceptualisation of loneliness as defined by Russell and colleagues (see Russell, for a review; see also Oshagen & Allen, ). The purpose of the current study is to assess the factorial validity of the UCLA‐LS, but importantly, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian Psychologist Wiley

Identification of a Suitable Short‐form of the UCLA‐Loneliness Scale

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© 2018 The Australian Psychological Society
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0005-0067
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1742-9544
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10.1111/ap.12285
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Abstract

What is already known on this topicLoneliness has negative implications for mental health and wellbeing.The UCLA‐Loneliness Scale (LS) is a widely used measure of loneliness.Research has found little support for the proposed unidimensional structure of the UCLA‐LS.What this paper addsA review of previous research suggests that there are concerns with the factorial validity of the original 20‐item UCLA‐LS.The findings indicate that a 10‐item short‐form is similarly reliable and valid as the original 20‐item scale while also displaying superior model fit.Therefore, the 10‐item short‐form should reduce the burden on respondents while providing a statistically better alternative to the original scale.The UCLA‐Loneliness Scale (UCLA‐LS; Russell, ) has become one of the most widely used measures of loneliness (Dussault, Fernet, Austin, & Leroux, ). The measure comprises 20 items, which have consistently displayed a high level of convergent validity and internal consistency. However, the results for factorial validity have been mixed. This suggests that the measure may include items that are not assessing a unidimensional conceptualisation of loneliness as defined by Russell and colleagues (see Russell, for a review; see also Oshagen & Allen, ). The purpose of the current study is to assess the factorial validity of the UCLA‐LS, but importantly,

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Australian PsychologistWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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