The Effects of Positively and Negatively Worded Items on the Factor Structure of the UCLA Loneliness Scale

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the factor structure of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Loneliness Scale and examine possible wording effects on a sample of 1,429 students from the United Arab Emirates University. Correlated traits-correlated uniqueness as well as correlated traits-correlated methods were used to examine the scale’s eight-factor models. The results of confirmatory factor analysis with maximum likelihood estimation indicated two models provided the best fit. The first, a one-dimensional model, assumes the correlation of the standard errors in the positive items. The second assumes a one-dimensional model and two method factors that correspond to the negative and positive items.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)259-267
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Psychoeducational Assessment
    Volume33
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 5 2015

    Keywords

    • UCLA Loneliness Scale
    • factor structure
    • loneliness
    • method effects
    • wording effects

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychology(all)

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