An investigation of the nomological network of social interest

Gary K. Leak, Richard J. Millard, Nancy W. Perry, Dale E. Williams

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This paper presents the results of three studies relating a composite measure of social interest to numerous variables within the nomological network of social interest. Study 1 found that social interest is positively related to sex-role femininity, androgyny, positive ambition, other-centered life goals, and, surprisingly, sex-role masculinity. Study 1 also found social interest negatively related to a narcissistic life goal, personality rigidity, and negative interpersonal behavior (Drivenness). Study 2 correlated social interest with the Personality Research Form and found, as expected, that social interest is correlated with the Affiliation and Nurturance scales. Unfortunately, social interest was not negatively related to Aggression. Finally, Study 3 provided generally positive support for the hypothesized relationships between social interest and several variables from the Life Styles Inventory (e.g., Humanism, Affiliation, etc.). Implications of the results for the construct validity of Adlerian social interest theory and current measurement of social interest are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-207
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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