Sociotropy and autonomy: An examination of interpersonal and work adjustment

Duncan G. Campbell, Paul Kwon, Robert C. Reff, Mark G. Williams

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One-hundred and sixty-five undergraduate students completed measures of sociotropy, autonomy, and adjustment. Autonomy was associated with poor social adjustment but was not associated with work role adjustment. Sociotropy failed to evidence a significant relation with work role or social adjustment. In past research, autonomy has primarily been theorized to contribute to depression when achievement needs are not met. Our results raise the possibility that autonomy may be linked to depression through the pathway of low social support and interpersonal difficulties. In addition, the results suggest that sociotropic individuals may not have objectively poor social adjustment despite their concerns regarding this area. Likewise, autonomous individuals may not have better or worse work adjustment despite their efforts to achieve.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-207
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003


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