Emotional Expressivity and Loneliness in Religious and Moral Studies Education Students

Volume 1 - Issue 3
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Abstract:


The purpose of this study is to examine the relationships between emotional expressivity and loneliness. Participants of the study were 339 university students. Of the participants 175 were female and 164 were male. The Berkeley Emotional Expressivity Scale and the UCLA Loneliness Scale were used as measures. The relationships between emotional expressivity and loneliness were examined using correlation analysis and the hypothesis model was tested through structural equation modeling. In correlation analysis, loneliness was negatively related to both total emotional expressivity scores (r=-.52) and to subscales of emotional expressivity (positive expressivity r=-.57, negative expressivity r=-.38, impulse strength r=-.28). The structural model demonstrated excellent fit (χ2 =277.46, p =.00000, GFI =.94, AGFI =.93, CFI =.98, IFI =.98, NFI =.96, RFI =.95, and RMSEA =.047) and also accounted 68% of loneliness variances. According to path analysis results, loneliness was predicted negatively by positive expressivity, negative expressivity, impulse strength, and total emotional expressivity scores.

Keywords

  • emotional expressivity
  • loneliness
  • path analysis.
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