Preference for Solitude Scale

Author of Tool: 

Burger, Jerry.

Key references: 

Burger, J. M.  (1995).  Individual differences in preference for solitude.  Journal of Research in Personality, 29, 85-108.

Primary use / Purpose: 

This scale measures individual differences in preference for solitude.

Background: 

Past research suggests that solitude can have either a positive or a negative impact on a person′s well-being. How time away from others affects people may depend on the person′s general preference for solitude.  Most research relates wellbeing to the amount of time spent alone, but not about the link between wellbeing an a person's preference for being alone. The Preference for Solitude Scale addresses this.

Psychometrics: 

The scale possesses good internal consistency, stability, and reliability. For an extensive description see: Burger, J. M.  (1995).  Individual differences in preference for solitude.  Journal of Research in Personality, 29, 85-108. 

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