International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 8 Num. 1 - March 2008


Spanish adaptation of the scale for evaluation of social and emotional loneliness in adults

Volume 8 Num. 1 - March 2008 - Pages 103-116


Sagrario Y?rnoz Yaben


This paper presents the Spanish version of the SESLA-S (Social and Emotional
Loneliness Scale for Adults), a short instrument for the evaluation of the subjective experience
of loneliness (social, familiar and romantic). Data were collected via self-report measures
from five different samples composed of university students, general population, psychiatric
patients and divorced people. A total of 517 individuals took part in this study. Like in the
original English version, three factors were found in the instrument, corresponding to the
three scales: social loneliness, familiar loneliness and romantic loneliness. Our results
show that these scales have a high internal consistency. Construct (convergent and discriminant)
validity was supported by correlations with measures of intimate relationships (attachment
style) and by the association of the scales to measures of psychological well-being and
social desirability.

Key words:

loneliness, adult assessment, SESLA-S, instrumental study, attachment

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