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ERIC Number: EJ799374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Assessing the Psychometric Properties of a Scenario-Based Measure of Achievement Guilt and Shame
Thompson, Ted; Sharp, Jessica; Alexander, James
Educational Psychology, v28 n4 p373-395 Jul 2008
In this study, the psychometric properties of the scenario-based Achievement Guilt and Shame Scale (AGSS) were established. The AGSS and scales assessing interpersonal guilt and shame, high standards, overgeneralization, self-criticism, self-esteem, academic self-concept, fear of failure, and tendency to respond in a socially desirable manner were completed by 322 undergraduate students. A confirmatory factor analysis indicated that a 12-scenario model had an acceptable fit to the data, with guilt and shame items forming separate, weakly correlated subscales. Each of the guilt and shame subscales of the AGSS demonstrated good internal and test-retest reliability. Good construct validity was also evident, with each subscale uniquely correlating with constructs in ways that were consistent with predictions. Acceptable discriminant validity was also evident. These outcomes provide support for the utility of the AGSS in assessing guilt and shame reactions in achievement situations. (Contains 1 figure, 7 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia