Social comparison orientation as related to two types of closeness

Abraham P. Buunk, Pieternel Dijkstra*, Zwenneke A. Bosch, Arie Dijkstra, Dick P.H. Barelds

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Two studies examined the relationship between social comparison orientation (SCO) and two types of closeness (dimensional closeness and psychological closeness) in the context of appearance-related comparisons among women. A pilot study showed that these two types were relatively independent constructs, and provided evidence for the differential validity of the constructs. Consistent with our expectations, women high in SCO perceived more dimensional closeness with other women in terms of appearance (Study 1, n=94) and perceived more psychological closeness with other women (Study 2; n=126) than women low in SCO. Overall, women, but especially women high in SCO, reported most dimensional closeness in response to the most attractive women and most psychological closeness in response to women of medium levels of attractiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-285
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of research in personality
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Dimensional closeness
  • Physical attractiveness
  • Psychological closeness
  • Social comparison
  • Social comparison orientation


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