Date of Award

Fall 1988

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Ivanoff, John

Second Advisor

Fox, Robert

Third Advisor

Dupuis, A.


The Self-Consciousness Scale is a 23-item questionnaire, which measures differences in the tendency to attend to the more covert, hidden aspects of the self. Research in the field of Aging suggests that there may be a universal tendency to think about the self as aging occurs. This study addresses the psychometric issues of The Self- Consciousness Scale as an instrument which might be used in the study of Aging. The scale was administered to 255 subjects over the age of 60 and The Adjective Check List was also administered in order to compare the relationship between two of their subscales. The factor loadings of the scale used with individuals over 60 were very similar to those in the literature involving college age populations. There was no correlation among the subscales of the scale and The Adjective Check List. The possibility of future use of the scale in older populations is discussed.



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