Assessing interdependence between the self and specific others has a rich history in psychological science. Here, we report a novel scale that measures Shared Fate. Studies 1 and 2 (N1 = 198, N2 = 216) show that the Shared Fate Scale has two factors assessing perceived shared fate and emotional shared fate with a target, has good reliability (Cronbach’s α =.81 to.91; McDonald’s ω =.89 to.96), and predicts participants’ willingness to help interdependent others. Studies 3 and 4 (N3 = 695, N4 = 629) indicate that the Shared Fate Scale has good discriminant, convergent, concurrent, and predictive validity as well as test–retest reliability across a 14-day period. Taken together, our results suggest that the Shared Fate Scale is a useful instrument for work on cooperation, interdependence, and social behavior.
- Perceived interdependence
- Willingness to help
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology