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UCLA Loneliness Scale (Version 3)

Loneliness is a common problem for many people. University of Chicago psychologist John Cacioppo’s research shows that about 20 percent of the general population suffers from chronic feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Often mistaken for depression, feelings of chronic loneliness and the pain of social isolation are independent of our outer circumstances (being lonely in a crowd) and affect more than 60 million people in the US alone. Echoing the work of developmental psychologist John Bowlby on attachment theory, Cacioppo argues that the pain of isolation associated with loneliness evolved because it contributed to our survival as a species. Developed by research psychologist Daniel Russell, the UCLA Loneliness Scale is a psychometrically validated assessment tool designed to measure a person’s level of loneliness. The UCLA Loneliness Scale is based on very common human emotions that can solidify into on-going, self-reinforcing, patterns-of-interaction that shape and define how we see ourselves, others, and the world around us, independent of personality distinctions like introverting and extraverting. The UCLA Loneliness Scale can be administered in the two forms described below.

  • UCLA Loneliness Scale Individual Version
  • UCLA Loneliness Scale Couple’s Version


The UCLA Loneliness Scale allows you to identify underlying patterns of behavior and cognition that frustrate and undermine healthy relationships with friends and family members. The UCLA Loneliness Scale can be used for the applications listed below.

  • Personal Growth and Increased Self-Understanding
  • Personal and Professional Coaching
  • Defining New Direction in Life
  • Defining Common Purpose and Goals in Relationships
  • Managing Conflict with Partners and Children
  • Improving Communication with Partners and Children
  • Building Deeper Understanding about How to More Effectively Meet Others’ Preferences and Needs

For more information on how the Breckenridge Institute® can help you or your organization e-mail us at UCLA Loneliness Scale is also used as part of the Breckenridge Loneliness Project™.



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