Piers-Harris Self Concept Scale – Third Edition (Piers-Harris 3)

Title: Piers-Harris Self Concept Scale – Third Edition (Piers-Harris 3)
Author: Piers, E.V., Shemmassian, S.K, Herzberg, D.S, & Harris, D.B
Year: 2018
Description: The Piers-Harris Self Concept Scale Third Edition (Piers-Harris 3) measures self-concept in children, adolescents and young adults, and identifies individuals who need further testing or treatment. While retaining core features of the widely used Piers-Harris 2, this revised edition has been upgraded with a broader age range and up-dated item content enhanced with improved readability and clarity. Items reflecting bullying, social isolation, and body image have been added to better assess social acceptance and physical self-concept. Other new features of the Piers-Harris 3 include:

  • Updated norms based on new nationally representative standardization sample
  • Expanded validity through new clinical studies with six diagnostic groups: ADHD, ASD, depressive disorder, eating disorder, specific learning disorder, trauma or stressor-related disorder

Based on the individual’s own perception rather than the observation of parent or teachers, the test assesses self-concept and comprises 58 items and six domains:

  • Behavioural Adjustment
  • Freedom from Anxiety
  • Happiness and Satisfaction
  • Intellectual and School Status
  • Physical Appearance and Attributes
  • Social Acceptance

In addition, two validity scales identify biased responding and the tendency to answer randomly.

Test items are simple descriptive statements, written at a first grade reading level. Individuals indicate whether each item applies to them by selecting a yes or no response.

The Piers-Harris 3 provides a Total Score that reflects overall self-concept , plus domain scores that permit more detailed interpretation. Because the scales remain psychometrically equivalent to those in the second edition, results from the Piers-Harris 3 can be compared, for research or clinical purposes, to those obtained using the Piers-Harris 2.

The Piers-Harris 3 is widely used in both schools and clinics. It is often administered as routine classroom screening to identify individuals who may benefit from further evaluation. It is also commonly used in clinical settings to determine specific areas of conflict, typical coping and defence mechanisms, and appropriate intervention techniques, The Piers-Harris 3 is an idea choice when you need a quick but comprehensive measure of self-concept in children, adolescents and young adults.

Age Range: Both Children and Adults
Administration: Individual and Group
  • 1 Manual @ $150.00
  • 25 AutosScore Forms @ $5.00/ea
Publisher: WPS
Qualification Level: Level C or 1
Test Category: Personality, Clinical Assessment, Attitude
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