Alexithymia, Loneliness and Interpersonal Problems in Young Adults

Author: Hira Liaqat

Supervisor: Nazia Bashir

Degree: BS

Year: 2010-2014

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship among Alexithymia, loneliness and interpersonal problems in young adults. A sample of 240 students was taken from different government and private universities of Lahore city. Purposive sampling strategy was used for data collection. Sample included both males (n = 120) and females (n = 120) with in the age range of 18 to 25 years (M=21.38, SD=1.88) who have been enrolled in academic institutions. Alexithymia referring to difficulties in identifying and verbally describing feelings was assessed using Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). University of California-Los Angeles Loneliness Scale – Version 3 (UCLA) and Inventory of Interpersonal Problems-Short Circumplex (IIP-SC) was used to assess loneliness and interpersonal problems respectively. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship among alexithymia, loneliness and interpersonal problems and alexithymia would predict loneliness and interpersonal problems. The results indicated that there was a significant positive correlation among the three variables and alexithymia predict loneliness and interpersonal problems. The results are discussed in the light of the previous literature relating to alexithymia, loneliness and interpersonal problems.

Keywords: Alexithymia, Loneliness, Interpersonal Problems.

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