Appraisal Self-respect: Scale Validation and Construct Implications
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; University of London
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AbstractDespite the widely accepted recognition of the notion of self-respect and its importance for emotional well-being, it has received scant attention in the psychological literature. We report on the development and validation of a scale to measure trait (character-based) appraisal self-respect (ASR), conceptualised as a disposition to perceive or appraise oneself as being a respectworthy honourable person. We tested the factor structure, reliability, convergent, discriminant and criterion validity of the ASR scale in samples of adult individuals (combined N = 1910 across samples). The resulting ASR scale was found to be essentially unidimensional and showed good internal and acceptable test-retest reliability. Trait ASR was correlated with (yet distinct from) theoretically related measures of global self-esteem, moral self and principledness, and was distinct from other self-esteem facets not based on honourable character traits. Importantly, it related to well-being and prosocial behaviour over-and-above self-esteem. The validation work served to consolidate the theoretical boundaries and utility of this important concept.
CitationClucas, C., Corr, P., Wilkinson, H. & Schepman, A. (2022). Appraisal self-respect: Scale validation and construct implications. Current Psychology, 42, 19681–19698. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-022-03093-z
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