• Nataliya Alexandrova International Business School, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Liliya Babakova Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts „Prof.Asen Diamandiev“, Faculy of Music Education, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Inna Murtazina Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Olga Strizhitskaya Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Marina Petrash Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Yuliya Chankova Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria



loneliness, differences, Bulgarian, Russian example


Loneliness is a painful and alienating experience, which is an increasingly widespread phenomenon all over the globe. However, this phenomenon is perceived and interpreted differently in the world. The present study aims to compare the emotional, social, and romantic loneliness between Bulgarians and Russians. The two Slavic countries are historically and culturally close, but at the same time, there are many differences. Some studies have found that in the minds of both Russian and Bulgarian young people, loneliness is associated with both negative and positive aspects. This creates a common ground for the analysis and interpretation of this phenomenon in both countries. But the Russian people are more characterized by a positive-resource view of loneliness, while Bulgarian young people emphasize the negative. The study involved 608 people from Bulgaria and Russia aged 18-73 years. They completed the short version of the Social and Emotional Loneliness Scale for Adults by Di Tommaso E., Brannen C., Best L.A. (2004). The results indicated that „romantic loneliness“was108 the most pronounced and present with its frequency in the content of the overall experience of loneliness. This outlines deficits, expectations, and emotions that are realized / function / in the deeply personal world of the person, of the studied groups of adults both in Bulgaria and in Russia. In second place in terms of its representation is the "social loneliness", which ​​stands out among the studied adults from Bulgaria according to its marginal values. In the third place as third structural-content component is the "emotional loneliness", which is especially present in the experiences of the respondents from Bulgaria in comparison with those from Russia. Statistically significant results on the factors "country", “age” and "marital status" are also discussed.


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How to Cite

Alexandrova, N. ., Babakova, L. ., Murtazina, I. ., Strizhitskaya, O. ., Petrash, M. ., & Chankova, Y. . (2021). COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE EXPERIENCE OF LONELINESS BETWEEN BULGARIANS AND RUSSIANS. Proceedings of CBU in Social Sciences, 2, 1-6.