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A Social Withdrawal Component in Schutz's FIRO Model of Interpersonal Personality: Social Engagement, Control and Social Withdrawal

Donna Youngs
2013 Interpersona : An International Journal on Personal Relationships  
Recent structural analyses of the widely used FIRO-B interpersonal personality measure identify a two dimensional model (Control and Social-Affect) rather than Schutz's three dimensions of Control, Openness and Inclusion. The present study re-examined the FIRO model across the 54 individual items as reported by 89 adults. The results support a modified FIRO model of interpersonal personality in which Inclusion and Openness are part of the same substantive domain (Social Engagement), distinct
more » ... ement), distinct from Control, but reflect different Generative and Accepted Modes of interaction. Importantly, however the analysis (SSA-I) reveals a subset of Schutz's original Openness items that capture a third substantive component of the interpersonal domain, Social Withdrawal. This negative interpersonal tendency has not been identified previously within the FIRO or other interpersonal personality models.
doi:10.5964/ijpr.v7i1.105 fatcat:npk22khcn5gpvfwpkz23yomare