A review and preview of developments in the measurement of sociability

Nicholas Boswell, Jian Cao, W. Jackeline Torres, Margaret Beier, Ashutosh Sabharwal, Nidal Moukaddam

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Sociability is a complex, multifactorial trait. Its importance is underscored by a multitude of negative physical and mental health effects related to loneliness and social isolation. However, current measures of sociability primarily rely on subjective recall and selfreport, which have inherent weaknesses and limitations. Although objective and automatic measurements could help to avoid some of these issues, they are still in early stages of development. In this article, the authors review past and present methods of measuring sociability and social interactions. This encompasses both subjective and objective subsets of qualitative and quantitative measurement modalities to gain a broader, more accurate perspective on sociability. Through an analysis of advantages and disadvantages of measurement methods within these categories, a foundational knowledge of sociability measurement can be understood. Utilizing current technology and research methods holds promise to more accurately represent individuals' social networks and social patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-101
Number of pages23
JournalBulletin of the Menninger Clinic
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020


  • Sociability
  • Social interactions
  • Social network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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