Loneliness and Negative Affective Conditions in Adults: Is There Any Room for Hope in Predicting Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms?

Muyan M., Chang E. C. , Jilani Z., Yu T., Lin J., Hirsch J. K.

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, cilt.150, sa.3, ss.333-341, 2016 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 150 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/00223980.2015.1039474
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.333-341


This study examined the role of hope in understanding the link between loneliness and negative affective conditions (viz., anxiety and depressive symptoms) in a sample of 318 adults. As expected, loneliness was found to be a significant predictor of both anxiety and depressive symptoms. Noteworthy, hope was found to significantly augment the prediction of depressive symptoms, even after accounting for loneliness. Furthermore, we found evidence for a significant Loneliness x Hope interaction effect in predicting anxiety. A plot of the interaction confirmed that the association between loneliness and anxiety was weaker among high, compared to low, hope adults. Some implications of the present findings are discussed.