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Differential Loneliness Scale

by Schmidt & Sermat

Instructions: For each statement, decide whether it describes you or your situation or not. If it does seem to describe you or your situation, mark it "True". If not, mark it "False". If an item is not applicable to you because you are currently not involved in the situation it depicts, e.g., a current romantic or marital relationship, then mark it "False".

  1. I find it easy to express feelings of affection toward members of my family.
    True False
  2. Most everyone around me is a stranger.
    True False
  3. I usually wait for a friend to call me up and invite me out before making plans to go anywhere.
    True False
  4. Most of my friends understand my motives and reasoning.
    True False
  5. At this time, I do not have a romantic relationship that means a lot to me.
    True False
  6. I don't get along very well with my family.
    True False
  7. I have at least one good friend of the same sex.
    True False
  8. I can't depend on getting moral or financial support from any group or organization in a time of trouble.
    True False
  9. I am now involved in a romantic or marital relationship where both of us make a genuine effort at cooperation.
    True False
  10. I often become shy and retiring in the company of relatives.
    True False
  11. Some of my friends will stand by me in almost any difficulty.
    True False
  12. People in my community aren't really interested in what I think or feel.
    True False
  13. My trying to have friends and to be liked seldom succeeds the way I would like it to.
    True False
  14. I spend time talking individually with each member of my family.
    True False
  15. I find it difficult to tell anyone that I love him or her.
    True False
  16. I don't have many friends in the city where I live.
    True False
  17. I work well with others in a group.
    True False
  18. I am an important part of the emotional and physical well-being of my lover or spouse.
    True False
  19. I don't feel that I can turn to my friends living around me for help when I need it.
    True False
  20. I don't think that anyone in my family really understands me.
    True False
  21. I have a lover or spouse who fulfils many of my emotional needs.
    True False
  22. My friends are generally interested in what I am doing, although not to the point of being nosy.
    True False
  23. Members of my family enjoy meeting my friends.
    True False
  24. I allow myself to become close to my friends.
    True False
  25. My relatives are generally too busy with their concerns to bother about my problems.
    True False
  26. Few of my friends understand me the way I want to be understood.
    True False
  27. No one in the community where I live cares much about me.
    True False
  28. Right now, I don't have true compatibility in a romantic or marital relationship.
    True False
  29. Members of my family give me the kind of support that I need.
    True False
  30. A lot of my friendships ultimately turn out to be pretty disappointing.
    True False
  31. My romantic or marital partner gives me much support and encouragement.
    True False
  32. I am not very open with members of my family.
    True False
  33. I often feel resentful about certain actions of my friends.
    True False
  34. I am embarrassed about the way my family behaves.
    True False
  35. People who say they are in love with me are usually only trying to rationalize using me for their own purposes.
    True False
  36. I have a good relationship with most members of my family.
    True False
  37. In my relationships, I am generally able to express both positive and negative feelings.
    True False
  38. I don't get much satisfaction from the groups I attend.
    True False
  39. I get plenty of help and support from friends.
    True False
  40. I seem to have little to say to members of my family.
    True False
  41. I don't have any one special love relationship in which I feel really understood.
    True False
  42. I really feel that I belong to a family.
    True False
  43. I have few friends with whom I can talk openly.
    True False
  44. My family is quite critical of me.
    True False
  45. I have an active love life.
    True False
  46. I have few friends that I can depend on to fulfil their end of mutual commitments.
    True False
  47. Generally I feel that members of my family acknowledge my strengths and positive qualities.
    True False
  48. I have at least one real friend.
    True False
  49. I don't have any neighbours who would help me out in a time of need.
    True False
  50. Members of my family are relaxed and easy-going with each other.
    True False
  51. I have moved around so much that I find it difficult to maintain lasting friendships.
    True False
  52. I tend to get along well with partners in romantic relationships.
    True False
  53. I find it difficult to invite a friend to do something with me.
    True False
  54. I have little contact with members of my family.
    True False
  55. My friends don't seem to stay interested in me for long.
    True False
  56. There are people in my community who understand my views and beliefs.
    True False
  57. As much as possible, I avoid members of my family.
    True False
  58. I seldom get the emotional security I need from a romantic or sexual relationship.
    True False
  59. My family usually values my opinion when a family decision is to be made.
    True False
  60. Most of my friends are genuinely concerned about my welfare.
    True False

Disclaimer:

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