The social contact typology: a further subgroup proﬁling
The basic social contact typology developed in Chapter 3 has been analysed in the previous chapters largely in terms of a type of continuum in which the socially competent have the most meaningful social contacts, better than the socially inhibited and the lonely, followed by the socially isolated, who when it comes to social contacts are the worst off. In these chapters we have also mentioned regularly that a further specification of the basic typology of social contacts formulated in Chapter 3 is desirable. We therefore ask ourselves whether it is possible to distinguish new subcategories with specific characteristics within the four basic types. This exposes the measure of social contacts constructed by the researchers, because we now look for categories with an autonomous meaning, which are recognizable and confirmed in the eyes of those involved, and which are probably linked to all kinds of other factors in their own unique way.