Personality Test: The Sensitivity to Rejection Scale

Software for the Sensitivity to Rejection Scale
Software is available to administer, score, and interpret this scale. The software runs on IBM-compatible machines and provides (a) total score, equivalent percentile score, equivalent z-score, and interpretation of scores for each person tested and (b) a database of scores for all individuals tested. The software is extremely easy to use and is password protected so that the Administrator can control access to the database of results. In this way, individuals being tested cannot have access to the results, unless the Administrator chooses to report such results to them.

Sensitivity to Rejection Defined
Sensitivity to rejection in social relationships is almost synonymous with general social submissiveness. Sensitive individuals generally feel that they lack control or influence in their social interactions; instead, they feel controlled and influenced by others. Some manifestations of this are reluctance to express opinions, avoidance of arguments or critical discussions, reluctance to make requests or to impose on others, easily being hurt by negative feedback from others and fearing such feedback, and reliance on familiar others and situations so as to avoid rejection.

Scale Description
The Sensitivity to Rejection currently in use (Mehrabian, 1994b) was developed by Mehrabian (1976). It contains 24 items and subjects report the degree of their agreement or disagreement with each item using a 9-point agreement-disagreement scale.

Validity Data:
Reliability and validity data for the Sensitivity to Rejection Scale (MSR) were reported by Mehrabian (1994a). Additional construct validity for the Sensitivity to Rejection Scale was supplied by Mehrabian (1997) from a theoretical analysis of traits that are approximately related to affiliation and sociability (i.e., sensitivity to rejection, empathy, dependency, conformity, popularity, loneliness, and shyness).

Experimental work, reviewed by Mehrabian (1976, 1994a), can be summarized as follows: Persons with higher Sensitivity to Rejection Scale scores, compared with those with lower scores, are more likely to:

Mehrabian, A. (1976). Questionnaire measures of affiliative tendency and sensitivity to rejection. Psychological Reports,38, 199-209.

Mehrabian, A. (1994a). Evidence bearing on the Affiliative Tendency (MAFF) and Sensitivity to Rejection (MSR) scales. Current Psychology,13,97-116.

Mehrabian, A. (1994b). Manual for the Sensitivity to Rejection Scale (MSR). (Available from Albert Mehrabian, 1130 Alta Mesa Road, Monterey, CA, USA 93940).

Mehrabian, A. (1997). Analysis of affiliation-related traits in terms of the PAD Temperament Model. Journal of Psychology,131,101-117.

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