Validating the Turkish Adaptation of the Fear of Being Single Scale

Kırımer Aydınlı F., Küçükkömürler S.


  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 0 Issue: 00
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/jpr.12540
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Periodicals Index Online, BIOSIS, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Psycinfo
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


People may experience anxiety regarding their future romantic relationship

status. Fear of being single (FOBS) is a potential cause of this anxiety, characterized

by distress about the idea of being single and assessed through the FOBS Scale. In

the current study, the FOBS Scale was adapted into Turkish. The study included

349 individuals aged 28–55 years (M = 23.63 years, SD = 6.45 years). The reliability

and validity of the measure and the associations with particular variables were investigated

for the first time in the cultural context of Turkey. The confirmatory factor analysis

revealed an acceptable model fit for the single-factor structure. Measurement invariance

of the scale across relationship status was supported at configural and metric

levels, but not at the scalar level. The convergent and divergent validity analyses indicated

that FOBS is distinct from generalized anxiety, attachment anxiety, and the personality

trait of neuroticism. FOBS was found to be related to the need to belong but

not to the inclusion of close others into the self. It has been determined that FOBS is

a distinctive phenomenon, and the Turkish version of the FOBS Scale is a valid and reliable

tool for assessing FOBS in Turkey.