Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI)

The Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) consists of 28 items and measures 4 dimensions of empathy. Each dimension is composed of 7 items. All of the items are scored on a 5-point summative rating scale ranging from 1 "does not describe me well" to 5 "describes me very well."

Content

Domains
Social Awareness
Subdomain

Empathy

Grades
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade,
Post secondary
Languages
English,
Spanish,
Chinese,
Other
Other Language/s
Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Swedish
Respondent
Student

Administration Information

Length
28 items
Administration
Paper

Access and Use

Contact

Mark Davis

Professor of Psychology

Eckerd College, Dept. of Psychology

Email: davismh@eckerd.edu

Phone: 727-864-8263

Open Access
Yes
Use in Research

Cliffordson, C. (2001). Parents' judgments and students' self-judgments of empathy: The structure of empathy and agreement of judgments based on the interpersonal reactivity index (IRI). European Journal of Psychological Assessment17(1), 36.  https://doi.org/10.1027/1015-5759.17.1.36

Hojat, M., Mangione, S., Kane, G. C., & Gonnella, J. S. (2005). Relationships between scores of the Jefferson scale of physician empathy (JSPE) and the interpersonal reactivity index (IRI). Medical teacher27(7), 625-628. https://doi.org/10.1080/01421590500069744

Hudson-Flege, M., & Thompson, M.P. (2017). Empathy and extracurricular involvement in emerging adulthood: Findings from a longitudinal study of undergraduate college males. Journal of College Student Development 58(5), 674-684. https://doi.org/10.1353/csd.2017.0053

Murphy, H., Tubritt, J., & James, O. (2018). The role of empathy in preparing teachers to tackle bullying. Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research7(1), 17-23.  https://www.learntechlib.org/p/182221/

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring
Psychometric References

Fernández, A. M., Dufey, M., & Kramp, U. (2011). Testing the psychometric properties of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) in Chile. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 27(1), 179-185. https://doi.org/10.1027/1015-5759/a000065 

Gilet, A. L., Mella, N., Studer, J., Grühn, D., & Labouvie-Vief, G. (2013). Assessing dispositional empathy in adults: A French validation of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI). Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement45(1), 42-48. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0030425

Hawk, S. T., Keijsers, L., Branje, S. J., Graaff, J. V. D., Wied, M. D., & Meeus, W. (2013). Examining the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) among early and late adolescents and their mothers. Journal of Personality Assessment95(1), 96-106. https://doi.org/10.1080/00223891.2012.696080

Lucas-Molina, B., Pérez-Albéniz, A., Ortuño-Sierra, J., & Fonseca-Pedrero, E. (2017). Dimensional structure and measurement invariance of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) across gender. Psicothema29(4), 590-595. https://doi.org/10.7334/psicothema2017.19

Item Type
Likert