Shyness, Loneliness and Social Adjustment of Students Residing in Punjab University Hostels

Author: Nazia Iqbal

Supervisor: Shahnila Tariq

Degree: BS

Year: 2010-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research aimed to investigate the impact of shyness and
loneliness on social adjustment of students residing in Punjab University
hostels. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a relationship
between shyness, loneliness and social adjustment among students
residing in hostels. Purposive sampling technique was used for data
collection. Sample size was (N = 180) (90 previously residing and 90 new
comers, with equal distribution on the basis of gender) taken from Punjab
University hostels of Lahore. In this study between group design
was used. Three self-reported questionnaires were used for data collection.
Shyness was measured from Revised Check and Bus Shyness Scale
(RCBS), (Check, 1983). UCLA Loneliness scale (Russell, Peplau, &
Ferguson, 1978) for loneliness and Adjustment Inventory (Sinha& Singh,
2002). Results indicated that there was positive correlation between
shyness, loneliness but negative correlation of social adjustment with
shyness and loneliness. There were no significant difference in level of
shyness, loneliness and social adjustment among new and old student
residing in hostel. But there were highly significant difference among
males and females level of shyness, loneliness and social adjustment.
Other findings show that there was significant difference in shyness
among students family system. The regression analysis showed that both
shyness and loneliness are the predictors of social adjustment.

Keywords: Shyness, Loneliness, Social Adjustment.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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