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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

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Psychometric Properties of the Russian Three-Factor Interpersonal Sensitivity Measure 143


Razvaliaeva A.Yu.
PhD in Psychology, Assistant Researcher Research Laboratory of Cognitive Functioning Assessment and Development, RUDN University, Moscow, Russia

Polskaya N.A.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

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.

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

Column: Method


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

Received: 13.08.2021

Accepted: 15.10.2021

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