Development and validation of a revised measure of Adlerian social interest

Gary K. Leak1
1Creighton University, United States
Cite this article:  Leak, G. K. (2006). Development and validation of a revised measure of Adlerian social interest. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 34(4), 443-450.

Volume 34 Issue 4 | e1487 | Published: May 2006 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.4.443

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The Social Interest Index (SII; Greever, Tseng, & Friedland, 1973) is the most frequently used measure of Adler’s (1964) most important personality trait, and recent researchers have suggested that it may be the most valid among social interest measures available to researchers and therapists (Bass, Curlette, Kern, & McWilliams, 2002). Nevertheless, the SII has been criticized for key aspects of its construct validity (i.e., content validity and factorial validity). It was the purpose in this research to offer researchers a dramatically shortened version of the SII by eliminating poor items and yet without a loss in reliability or criterion validity. Several studies have resulted in an 11-item short form of the SII that retains the scale’s desirable psychometric qualities.

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