Abstract

Considering that the greatest fear of deploying military personnel is separation from family, an obvious and overlooked psychological phenomenon that merits further investigation is loneliness. In this study, 131 US troops completed the UCLA Loneliness Scale, Anxiety Control Questionnaire, and a leisurely activity participation scale to predict loneliness with participation in non-work activities in the presence of another moderator (locus of control) and various demographic factors. As hypothesized, the results indicated that 1) the best non-work activity predictors of loneliness were emailing friends and listening to music, 2) external locus of control was positively correlated with loneliness and internal locus of control was negatively correlated with loneliness, and 3) loneliness was positively correlated with length of time deployed.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology

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Date Submitted

2007-07-12

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd1965

Keywords

Loneliness, Lonely, Coping Mechanisms, Locus of Control, Lesiure Activities, Soldier Adaptation, Military, Deployment, Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, Army, Air Force

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