The Socio-emotional Loneliness and Communication Skills of Preschool Teacher Trainees

By Ilkay Ulutas and Ayse Belgin Aksoy.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: May 30, 2014 $US5.00

During the past decade, loneliness has begun to garner more attention—so much that two separate types and perspectives of loneliness have emerged: emotional loneliness and social loneliness. Emotional loneliness results from the absence of close or intimate ties (usually with a spouse, lover, parent, or child), whereas social loneliness results from a lack of involvement with a network of peers, fellow workers, neighbors, or friends. Several events can cause socio-emotional loneliness in the daily life of an individual. One of the most important problems that lead to socio-emotional loneliness is the need to communicate with a social environment. Communication skills may affect our socio-emotional skills and social relationships. This study focuses on the relationship between the socio-emotional loneliness and communication skills of preschool teacher trainees. Two hundred and forty-four university students attending early childhood programs took part in this study. The Social and Emotional Loneliness Scale for Adults-Short Form (SELSA-S) and Communication Skills Evaluation Scale (CSES) were used to collect data. The findings showed that loneliness and communication skills were relative factors.

Keywords: Preschool Teachers, Loneliness, Communication Skills

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, Volume 8, Issue 1, May 2014, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 30, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 498.393KB)).

Dr. Ilkay Ulutas

Lecturer, Child Development and Education, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Ayse Belgin Aksoy

Lecturer, Child Development and Education, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey