About the Measure

Domains Emotional Intelligence (mixed and trait), Mental health and wellbeing, Social and Emotional Competence
Key stages Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Parent-related loneliness; Peer-related loneliness; Aversion to being alone; Affinity for being alone
Description This instrument assesses children and adolescent's perceived peer and parent relationships, as well as attitude to being alone.
Example I retire from others because they disturb me with their noise
Link https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02138821?LI=true

Implementation details

No. of items 48
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 10-19
Cost single purchase Available in jou
Cost per child Available in jou

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .60-.93
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 3-4 factor obliq
CFA 4-factor model
SBS-Chi-square(71)= 396.41
RMSEA= 0.09
CFI= 0.94
SRMR= 0.06
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity In regression, Loneliness and Aloneness Scale for Children and Adolescents (LACA) scores were significantly predicted by: peer relationships, r= [-.38,.24] and personal outlook, r= [.14,.23]
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Goossens, L., Lasgaard, M., Luyckx, K., Vanhalst, J., Mathias, S., & Masy, E. (2009). Loneliness and solitude in adolescence: A confirmatory factor analysis of alternative models. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(8), 890–894. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2009.07.011
Maes, M., Van den Noortgate, W., & Goossens, L. (2015). A reliability generalization study for a multidimensional loneliness scale. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 31(4), 294-301. doi:10.1027/1015-5759/a000237
Marcoen, A., Goossens, L., & Caes, P. (1987). Loneliness in pre-through late adolescence: exploring the contributions of a multidimensional approach. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 16(6), 561-577. doi:10.1007/bf02138821