UCLA Loneliness Scale

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The UCLA Loneliness Scale is a commonly used measure of loneliness.[1] [2] Its name derives from its having been developed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Russell, D., Peplau, L.A., and Ferguson, M.L., first published it in 1978, and it was revised in 1980 and 1996.[3] Developer Daniel Russell has expressed concern that publication of the scale could skew responses.[4]

The scale is widely used in the scientific literature. The Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale is cited to "has been used in an estimated 80% of all empirical studies on loneliness".[5]


  1. ^ Shulevitz, Judith (13 May 2013). "The Lethality of Loneliness". The New Republic. Chris Hughes. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  2. ^ Edmondson, Brad (Nov–Dec 2010). "All the Lonely People". AARP the Magazine. American Association of Retired Persons. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  3. ^ Cutrona, Carolyn. "UCLA Loneliness Scale". Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Press release: AARP The Magazine survey on loneliness uses scale developed by ISU professors". Iowa State University. December 1, 2010.
  5. ^ Goossens, Luc; Klimstra, Theo; Luyckx, Koen; Vanhalst, Janne; Teppers, Eveline (2014-01-20). "Reliability and Validity of the Roberts UCLA Loneliness Scale (RULS-8) With Dutch-Speaking Adolescents in Belgium". Psychologica Belgica. 54 (1). doi:10.5334/pb.ae. ISSN 2054-670X.

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