PsycboIogical Reports, 1992, 71, 665-666. O Psychological Reports 1992
RELIABILITY DATA FOR A GREEK TRANSLATION OF THE REVISED UCLA LONELINESS SCALE: COMPARISONS W I T H DATA FROM T H E USA ' LYNN R. ANDERSON
Wayne State UniversiQ
Summary.-A Greek translation of the Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale was internally reliable (a= .89), after eliminating Item 4, and sigdicantly correlated with the English version (r = .94) for a sample of bilingual students. Weiss's distinction between social loneliness and emotional loneliness was also reliably identified in the Greek higher than in the USA. translation. Loneliness scores in Greece weie s~gn~llcantly The translation seems to be sufficiently relial~lero warrant further use with Greek individuals.
The Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale (Russell, Peplau, & Cutrona, 1980), containing 20 items each rated on a four-step scale, was translated into Greek and revised through back-translations. The translation was completed by 91 students at the University of Athens and 36 bilingual students at Deree College, near Athens, who, at a later point, also completed the test in English. All 127 students were women. Factor analysis, using principal components and varirnax rotation in the SPSS* program, indicated all items except Item 4 loaded above .41 on a first large factor, eigenvalue = 7.28, 36.4% of variance. Coefficient alpha for the remaining 19 items was .89, and the mean on the four-point scale was 2.0 (SD = .485). The correlation between Greek and English (also minus Item 4) loneliness scores was .94 (p