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.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Shwalb, David Abraham, "Loneliness and Use of Coping Mechanisms Among U.S. Military Personnel Deployed to the Middle East" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 1432.
Loneliness, Lonely, Coping Mechanisms, Locus of Control, Lesiure Activities, Soldier Adaptation, Military, Deployment, Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, Army, Air Force