How can you measure “belonging”?

How can you measure “belonging”? There’s a lot of talk about it being important and I’ve seen organisations try different approaches.

🔭 This good-humoured research paper by Saga Pardede, Nicolay Gausel, and Magnhild Mjåvatn Høie explores various models and in the end comes up with three dimensions they termed: “belongingness,” “emotion-acceptance,” and “social self-representation.”

☑ Belongingness gets at the need to feel part of something.

☑ Emotion-acceptance is feeling able to express one’s emotions around others.

☑ Social self-representation reflects a need to represent oneself as a person of worth.

(I am summarising quite a bit here!)

They also looked at correlations, and “belongingness” had a positive relationship with both “emotion-acceptance” and with “social self-representation.”

💡 This means that the more one feels the need to belong, the more one feels the need to be accepted for one’s emotions and to be allowed to share them with others.

🔑 This sits well with other work on how the need to belong is fulfilled through emotion-sharing and reciprocal connectedness.

I found this useful. Are there things here you might be able to put into practice? e.g. I like the item about being able to express your emotions around others (we already use the question about “being myself”).

Here’s the paper:

Reference: Pardede S, Gausel N and Høie MM (2021) Revisiting the “The Breakfast Club”: Testing Different Theoretical Models of Belongingness and Acceptance (and Social Self-Representation). Front. Psychol. 11:604090. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.604090

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