Loneliness and the desire for intimacy: The intervening role of locus of control

Mario Mikulincer, Jacob Segal

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Abstract

In this study we assessed the role played by locus of control in the association between loneliness and the need for intimacy. In Study 1, subjects completed the UCLA Loneliness Scale, the Rotter's Locus of Control Scale, and the Sternberg's Triangular Love Scale in reference with their ideal love. In Study 2, subjects completed the UCLA Loneliness Scale, recalled a loneliness episode, and rated their perception of control and desire for intimacy in that episode. The findings indicated that loneliness was related to lower desire for intimacy among persons who hold external expectancies of control. In addition, loneliness was related to higher desire for passion in love relationships and to higher desire for intimacy with strangers and acquaintances during a loneliness episode among persons who hold internal expectancies of control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-809
Number of pages9
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

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