Alienation Scale

Dwight Dean‚ (1961)
1. Sometimes I feel all alone in the world.
2. I worry about the future facing today’s children.
3. I don’t get invited out by friends as often as I’d really like.
4. The end often justifies the means.
5. Most people seldom feel lonely.
6. Sometimes I have the feeling that other people are using me.
7. People’s ideas change so much that I wonder if we’ll ever have anything to depend on.
8. Real friends are as easy as ever to find.
9. It is frightening to be responsible for the development of a little child.
10. Everything is relative‚ and there just aren’t any definite rules to live by.
11. One can always find friends if he shows himself friendly.
12. Often I wonder what the meaning of life really is.
13. There is little or nothing I can do towards preventing a major “shooting” war.
14. The world in which we live is basically a friendly place.
15. There are so many decisions that have to be made today that sometimes I could just “blow up.” „
16. The only thing one can be sure of today is that he can be sure of nothing.
17. There are few dependable ties between people any more.
18. There is little chance for promotion on the job unless a man gets a break.
19. With so many religions abroad‚ one doesn’t really know which one to believe.
20. We’re so regimented today that there’s not much room for choice even in personal matters.
21. We are just so many cogs in the machinery of life.
22. People are just naturally friendly and helpful.
23. The future looks very dismal.
24. I don’t get to visit friends as often as I’d really like.
Subscale (reliability): Powerlessness (0.78)‚ normlessness (0.73)‚ social isolation (0.84) and total (0.78)
Strongly Agree‚ Agree‚ uncertain‚ Disagree‚ Strongly Disagree

Dean‚ Dwight. (1961). Alienation; Its Meaning and Measurement. American Sociological Review‚ 26; 753-758

Swang‚ John I. (1974)‚ The “AAA Syndrome”: Relationships Between Alienation‚ Anxiety and Aggression. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. PhD Dissertation