Tenesee Self-Concept Scale (TSCS)
Description: A global measure of self-concept (subjective well-being), where the respondent answers self-descriptive items by means of which an individual portrays what he or she is, does, likes, and feels. As well as providing an overall assessment of self-esteem, the TSCS measures five external aspects of self-concept (moral-ethical, social, personal, physical, and family) and three internal aspects (identity, behavior, and self-satisfaction) .
Format: 100 items ranked on a five-point scale:
1 = Always False
2 = Mostly False
3 = Partly False and Partly True
4 = Mostly True
5 = Always True
Scoring: The TSCS allows two scoring systems (see details below on where to obtain). The counseling form yields 14 profiled scores: self-criticism, 9 self-esteem scores (identity, self-satisfaction, behavior, physical self, moral-ethical self, personal self, family self, social self, and total), 3 variability of response scores (variation across the first 3 self-esteem scores, variation across the last 5 self-esteem scores, and total), and a distribution score.
The clinical and research form yields 29 profiled scores: the 14 scores in the counseling form and the following 15: response bias, net conflict, total conflict, 6 empirical scales (defensive positive, general maladjustment, psychosis, personality disorder, neurosis, personality integration), deviant signs, 5 scores consisting of counts of each type of response made.
Administration and Burden: Interviewer-administered; Self-administered. Approximately 15-20 minutes.
Psychometrics for SCI: Not available.
QoL Concept: The TSCS is a measure of Subjective Well-Being, which corresponds to Box E (subjective evaluations and reactions; self-esteem) of Dijker’s Model.
Permissions/Where to Obtain: Copyrighted; The TSCS can be purchased from Western Psychological Services at: http://portal.wpspublish.com.
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- Fitts WH. Manual for the Tennesse Self Concept Scale. Nashville TN: Counselor Recordings and Tests; 1965.