Dimensionality of interpersonal curiosity

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Mark Pezzo

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January 2007

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July 2011


Interpersonal curiosity (IPC) is the desire for new information about people. Fifty-one IPC items were administered to 321 participants (248 women, 73 men), along with other measures of curiosity and personality. Three factors were identified from which five-item subscales were developed that had good internal consistency: Curiosity about Emotions, Spying and Prying, and Snooping. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated the three-factor model had acceptable fit. The IPC scales correlated positively with other curiosity measures and interest in gossip, providing evidence of convergent validity. Divergent validity was demonstrated in finding the other curiosity scales correlated more highly with each other than with IPC; parallel results were found for the gossip measures.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Personality and Individual Differences, 43, 1448-1459 (2007). Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.





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