Psychometric properties of instruments of measurement of social comparison orientation



In the article, the results of a comparative analysis of psychometric properties of the Iowa-Netherlands Social Comparison Orientation Measure (INCOM) (Gibbons, Buunk, 1999) versions administered to different cultural samples (American, English, Dutch, German and Russian), and Russian Social Comparison Orientation Questionnaire (RSCOQ) (Samoylenko, 2012, in Russian) are presented. For the INCOM versions, similarity in their high reliability and differences in their factor structures as well as in the ways to measure their construct and external validity were revealed. For the INCOM and RSCOQ, significant positive associations between their comparison orientaion total measures as well as their separate factors were revealed. This means a possibility to combine the two instruments when testing individual differences in social comparison orientation.

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Keywords: social comparison, social comparison orientation, INCOM scale

Journal rubric: Research Methods

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The study was carried out within the framework of the State assignment, project FANO № 0159- 2018-0010 «Multidimensionality of cognitive processes in communication».

For citation: Savchenko T.N., Samoylenko E.S., Korbut A.V. Psychometric properties of instruments of measurement of social comparison orientation. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2019. Vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 112–130. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2019120209. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Tatyana N. Savchenko, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Leading Researcher, Institute of Psychology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena S. Samoylenko, Doctor of Psychology, Chief Researcher, Laboratory of Cognitive Processes and Mathematical Psychology, Institute of Psychology of RAS, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anna V. Korbut, teacher of the Department of Psychology №18, Military University of the Ministry of Defense, Russia, e-mail:



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