Construct validity of the need to belong scale: mapping the nomological network.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Nine studies examined the construct validity of the Need to Belong Scale. The desire for acceptance and belonging correlated with, but was distinct from, variables that involve a desire for social contact, such as extraversion and affiliation motivation. Furthermore, need to belong scores were not related to insecure attachment or unfulfilled needs for acceptance. Need to belong was positively correlated with extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism and with having an identity that is defined in terms of social attributes. Need to belong was associated with emotional reactions to rejection, values involving interpersonal relationships, and subclinical manifestations of certain personality disorders.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Leary, MR; Kelly, KM; Cottrell, CA; Schreindorfer, LS

Published Date

  • January 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 95 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 610 - 624

PubMed ID

  • 23905716

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-7752

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3891

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/00223891.2013.819511


  • eng