The Self-Reflection and Insight Scale: A new measure of private self-consciousness

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Anthony M. Grant
John Franklin
Peter Langford
Cite this article:  Grant, A., Franklin, J., & Langford, P. (2002). The Self-Reflection and Insight Scale: A new measure of private self-consciousness. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 30(8), 821-836.


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This paper was aimed at investigating the construction and validation of the Self-Reflection and Insight Scale (SRIS) which is designed to be an advance on the Private Self-Consciousness Scale (PrSCS; Fenigstein, Scheier, & Buss, 1975). Previous work has found the PrSCS to comprise two factors, self-reflection and internal state awareness. In a series of studies two separate factor analyses found the SRIS comprised two separate factors labeled Self-Reflection (SRIS-SR) and Insight (SRIS-IN. The PrSCS correlated positively with the SRIS-SR and negatively with the SRIS-IN. The SRIS-SR correlated positively with anxiety and stress, but not with depression and alexithymia. The SRIS-IN was negatively correlated with depression, anxiety, stress and alexithymia, and positively correlated with cognitive flexibility and self-regulation. Implications of these findings for models of self-regulation and goal attainment are discussed.


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Appreciation is due to anonymous reviewers.

Anthony M. Grant, Coaching Psychology Unit, School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, NSW 2006. Phone: +612 9351 6792; Fax: +61 2 9351 2603; Email: [email protected]

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