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Having a weak versus strong sense of self: The sense of self scale (SOSS)

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Clinicians have identified the need for a measure of the strength of sense of self (e.g., Gunderson, 1984). This article reports on the development and initial validation of such a measure - the Sense of Self Scale (SOSS). Three studies involving a total of over 1200 undergraduate college students were conducted to evaluate the reliability and validity of the SOSS. Results indicate a unidimensional factor structure, a high degree of internal consistency and test - retest reliability, excellent convergent validity, and strong predictive and discriminant validity with respect to a checklist measure of self-expressive behaviors and experiences. Although these preliminary psychometric results are quite promising, further studies are needed to establish the scale's ability to predict theory-relevant observable behaviors, its ability to discriminate between a clinical and a normal population, and its sensitivity to treatment response.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The University of Texas, Arlington, Texas, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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