Interpersonal sensitivity and privileged self as a risk factor for depression (1) :Re-examination of the factor structure of the Interpersonal Sensitivity/Privileged Self Scale

[Speaker] Muranaka, Masaki:1
[Co-author] Yamakawa, Itsuki:1, Sakamoto, Shinji:2
1:Nihon university (Japan), 2:College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University (Japan)

We revised the Interpersonal Sensitivity/Privileged Self Scale (IPS) and examined its factor structure. The IPS was designed to assess personality traits related to "modern type depression" (MTD). MTD is distinct from melanchoric depression, which has been observed in Japan especially from 2000. Muranaka et al. (2014) developed the IPS, which contained only two factors with two items each. We added new items and re-examined the factor structure of the IPS via an online survey. Five hundred eighteen (260 female) Japanese employees, aged 20-59 years (M = 37.39, SD = 11.17), completed the IPS. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that the IPS has two superordinate factors, "interpersonal sensitivity" and the "privileged self," each of which comprised three subordinate factors ("evaluation apprehension," "overreaction to negative feedback," and "avoidance"; and "sense of victimization," "self complacence," and "results dependence," respectively). These results support the previous study's findings.
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