Author: Shamim Rafique
Supervisor: Shahnila Tariq
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The current research was aimed to investigate the relationship between the loneliness, perceived social support and life satisfaction. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a relationship between loneliness, perceived social support and life satisfaction in widowed. Correlational research design and snow ball sampling technique was used to recruit the participants. Sample (N = 100) widowed with equal distribution on the basis of gender. The Perceived Loneliness Scale (Jha, 1997), Multidimensional Perceived Social Support Scale (Zimet, Dahlem, Zimet & Farley, 1988) and Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener, Emmons, Larsen & Griffin, 1985) was used as assessment measures. Pearson product moment correlation, independent samples t-test, and hierarchal regression analysis were applied. The results revealed negative relationship of loneliness with perceived social support and life satisfaction. There were no gender differences on the basis of loneliness, perceived social support and life satisfaction whereas significant difference was found on the basis of family system and job status regarding satisfaction with life only. The results were discussed with reference to empirical evidences.
Keywords: Loneliness, Perceived Social Support, Life Satisfaction, Widowed.
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