Psychometric Properties of the Russian Three-Factor Interpersonal Sensitivity Measure



We present the results of a study conducted to validate the Interpersonal Sensitivity measure in the Russian sample. Interpersonal sensitivity is a personality trait encompassing preoccupation with the behavior and emotions of other people and fear of their criticism and rejection (Boyce, Parker, 1989). The sample consisted of 645 participants (100 men) aged 18—35 (M=22.92±5.01). A three-factor structure of the measure was revealed in the Russian sample; the factors named Dependence on the Appraisal by Others, Fear of Rejection and Interpersonal Worry converged in the higher-order factor of Interpersonal Sensitivity. The scales yielded good internal consistency and test-retest reliability. Interpersonal sensitivity was higher in women and decreased with age. It was significantly positively related to rejection sensitivity, loneliness, state anxiety, and emotional dysregulation, and negatively related to emotional stability. Conclusions: Interpersonal Sensitivity measure can be used in psychological studies to assess personal factors of distress.

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Keywords: interpersonal sensitivity, sensitivity to rejection, psychological distress, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal vulnerability

Journal rubric: Workshop and Methods

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project number 20-013-00429.

Received: 13.08.2021


For citation: Razvaliaeva A.Y., Polskaya N.A. Psychometric Properties of the Russian Three-Factor Interpersonal Sensitivity Measure. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2021. Vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 73–94. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2021290405. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Anna Y. Razvaliaeva, PhD in Psychology, Researcher, Laboratory of Cognitive Processes and Mathematical Psychology, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Natalia A. Polskaya, Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Professor of the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Department, Faculty of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Leading Researcher, Scientific and Practical Center for Mental Health of Children and Adolescents named after G.E. Sukhareva of the Moscow Department of Public Health, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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