Multidimensional Self Concept Scale (MSCS)
Ages: 9 through 19 years
Testing Time: 20 minutes
Administration: Individual or Group
The Multidimensional Self Concept Scale (MSCS) is a thoroughly researched and standardized clinical instrument. It assesses global self-concept and six context-dependent self-concept domains that are functionally and theoretically important in the social-emotional adjustment of youth and adolescents. The six domains assessed by the MSCS include the six most important areas of psycho-social functioning for youth and adolescents: Social, Competence, Affect, Academic, Family, and Physical. Each MSCS subscale evidences very high reliability (coefficient alpha > .90), and the Total Scale Score reliability exceeds .97 for the total sample. The MSCS correlates very strongly with other measures of self-concept and self-esteem and has been shown empirically to identify clients previously identified as being low in self-concept. Several concurrent validity studies were conducted during the MSCS development and are presented in the manual.
The MSCS can be administered either to individuals or to groups in approximately 20 minutes. The scale is simple to score and interpretation allows for both norm-referenced and interchild comparisons across each of the six scales. Scores are reported as standard scores (M = 100, SD = 15) or as T scores (M = 50, SD = 10) and can be graphically displayed for ease of interpretation.
Complete MSCS Kit includes: Examiner’s Manual and 50 Record Booklets, all in a sturdy storage box. (1992)