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Seeking a scale to measure "belonging"

  • 1.  Seeking a scale to measure "belonging"

    Posted 23 days ago

    Dear Colleagues,

    We are looking for a good scale to measure perceived organizational "belonging" e.g., I feel that I belong to this organization.

    Does anyone have any suggestion?

    Thank you in advance!

    Prof. dr. Svetlana Khapova
    Vrije U. Amsterdam

  • 2.  RE: Seeking a scale to measure "belonging"

    Posted 22 days ago

    I would look at Organizational Identification. This construct captures very well your notion of belonging to the organization. 

    Best on your project!

    David Sluss 

  • 3.  RE: Seeking a scale to measure "belonging"

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hi Svetlana,

    On page 1383 of the paper below, the authors use the following items to measure a possibly closely related construct: "How much do you participate in company sponsored or informal social activities?" "To what extent do you take members of your family or nonwork friends and companions to company sponsored or informal work-related gatherings?" And "How much do you talk about your nonwork life with coworkers?" The response scale ranged from 1 (not at all) to 7 (a great deal)."

    Dumas, T. L., Phillips, K. W., & Rothbard, N. P. (2013). Getting closer at the company party: Integration experiences, racial dissimilarity, and workplace relationships. Organization Science24(5), 1377-1401.

    Good luck!

    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City

  • 4.  RE: Seeking a scale to measure "belonging"

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hi Svetlana,

    With regard to measurement of belonging, I think Professor Cheryan at the University of Washington and her collaborators have a well-established approach. I have followed it for one experimental study so far, and other researchers I know in belonging also use variations on the same scale.

    See this paper for details, especially the later studies where they discuss joining work organizations:

    Cheryan, Sapna, et al. "Ambient belonging: how stereotypical cues impact gender participation in computer science." Journal of personality and social psychology 97.6 (2009): 1045.


    All best,


    Matt Cummins
    Stanford GSB

  • 5.  RE: Seeking a scale to measure "belonging"

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hi Svetlana

    I validated Good, Rattan and Dweck's 2012 measure of belonging for the executive domain in Brands & Fernandez-Mateo (2017) - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0001839216682728


    Raina Brands
    London Business School

  • 6.  RE: Seeking a scale to measure "belonging"

    Posted 19 days ago
    Dr. Khapova,

    As a starting point you might find Malone et al's (2012) General Belongingness Scale Helpful  or Arslan & Duru's (2017) school belongingness scales as a starting point. 

    Brenda L. Berkelaar, PhD
    Center for Health Communication, Moody College of Communication & Dell Medical School
    Center for Identity, Information School
    The University of Texas at Austin | 510.786.7987

  • 7.  RE: Seeking a scale to measure "belonging"

    Posted 17 days ago

    Hi Svetlana,


    The well established construct of affective organizational commitment is essentially a measure of belonging (Meyer, J. P., Allen, N. J., & Gellatly, I. R. (1990). Affective and continuance commitment to the organization: Evaluation of measures and analysis of concurrent and time-lagged relations. Journal of applied psychology75(6), 710.)


    For a good up to date  discussion see  Afshari, L., Young, S., Gibson, P., & Karimi, L. (2019). Organizational commitment: exploring the role of identity. Personnel Review.





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