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

J Pers Assess. 2013;95(6):610-24. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2013.819511. Epub 2013 Aug 1.


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.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Personality*
  • Self Concept*
  • Social Behavior
  • Social Identification*
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • Young Adult