An investigation of social skills and loneliness levels of university students with respect to their attachment styles in a sample of Turkish students

M. Engin Deniz1, Erdal Hamarta1, Ramazan Ari1
1Faculty of Technical Education, Selcuk University, Turkey
Cite this article:  Deniz, M., Hamarta, E., & Ari, R. (2005). An investigation of social skills and loneliness levels of university students with respect to their attachment styles in a sample of Turkish students. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 33, 19-32.

Volume 33 Issue 1 | e1375 | Published: February 2005 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2005.33.1.19

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In this study we investigated the effects of attachment styles of university students on their social skills and loneliness levels. Their social skill levels, loneliness levels, and attachment styles were measured using the Social Skills Inventory, UCLA Loneliness Scale, and Relationships Scale Questionnaire respectively. To analyze data, t tests, correlation analyses, and regression analyses were employed. Emotional expressivity levels, emotional sensitivity levels, social control levels, and total social skill levels of female students were found to be significantly higher than those of male students. However, emotional control levels of male students were significantly higher than those of female students. A significant effect of attachment styles on loneliness and social skills was detected. The social skill levels of students who have secure attachment styles were found to be significantly higher than the social skill levels of students
who have insecure attachment styles. Average loneliness points of students who do not have a romantic relationship were found to be significantly higher than others. However, the average social skill points of those students were found to be significantly lower than others.


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