Assessing Loneliness in UAE Populations: the Relationship with Age, Gender, Marital Status, and Academic Performance

  • Hamzeh DodeenEmail author
  • Amina Hassan


This study evaluates the extent of loneliness among tertiary students and the wider population in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and examines its association with age, gender, marital status and academic performance. The study used the Arabic version of the UCLA Loneliness Scale. A total of 1429 students from all colleges of the UAEU and 1431 participants from the UAE responded to the scale and to questions on gender, age, marital status and educational level. It was found that college students tended to score below average on the loneliness scale and that males tended to score slightly lower than females. As for the wider UAE community, the participants’ mean loneliness score was also below the scale average and there were no statistically significant differences between males and females or between married and single persons. With respect to age, it was found that only among unmarried participants was age significantly correlated with loneliness. Interestingly enough, the relationship between academic performance as measured by GPA and loneliness levels was not statistically significant for either gender. These results were discussed within the UAE cultural context and the related literature.


Loneliness Intimacy Happiness Satisfaction Negative feeling 


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The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Counseling, College of Humanities and Social SciencesUAEUAl AinUnited Arab Emirates

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