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The Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale–Second Edition
(PHCSCS-2), one of the most widely used measures of psychological health in children and teens, is now available in a new second edition. Like the original scale, the PHCSCS-2 quickly identifies youngsters who need further testing or treatment. And now it offers and expanded age range, reduced length, improved interpretive guidelines, a larger, more diverse standardization sample, and updated computer assessment.
Based on the child's perceptions rather than on the observations of parents or teachers, the PHCSCS-2 assesses self-concept in individuals 7 to 18 years of age. It is now composed of 60 (rather than 80) items covering six subscales:
- Physical Appearance and Attributes
- Freedom from Anxiety
- Intellectual and School Status
- Behavioral Adjustment
- Happiness and Satisfaction
In addition, two validity scales identify inconsistent responding and a tendency to answer without regard to item content.
Test items are simple descriptive statements, written at a third grade reading level. Children indicate whether each item applies to them by selecting a yes or no response. This usually requires just 10 to 15 minutes
The PHCSCS-2 provides a Total Score that reflects overall self-concept, plus subscale scores that permit more detailed interpretation. New, nationally representative norms are based on a sample of nearly 1,400 students, aged 7 to 18 years. Because the revised scales remain psychometrically equivalent to the original scales, results from the PHCSCS-2 can be compared, for research or clinical purposes, to those obtained using the original test.
The Piers-Harris 2 is widely used in both schools and clinics. It is often administered for routine classroom screening, to identify children who might benefit from further evaluation. And it is commonly used in clinical settings to determine specific areas of conflict, typical coping and defense mechanisms, and appropriate intervention techniques. It is an ideal choice when you need a quick but comprehensive measure of self-concept in children or adolescents.
COMPLETE PHCSCS-2 KIT INCLUDES: Examiner's Manual and 40 Answer Forms
self-esteem, self concept, Psychological