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Reflections on the Silencing the Self Scale and Its Origins
Psychology of Women Quarterly (2011)
  • Dana C. Jack, Western Washington University
“Women consider the failure of relationships to be a moral failure,” said Carol Gilligan, the year I started doctoral studies at Harvard University. It was 1979, on a brilliant fall day with sun streaming through the tall, leaded glass windows in Longfellow Hall. Gilligan was talking about women’s psychology in her class on Moral Development. Her words struck my mind and heart, giving direction to all my future work. Why did these words stand out so strongly? With what intellectual and emotional experiences did they resonate? How do they relate to the Silencing the Self Scale (STSS), first reported in the PWQ article on which I have been invited to reflect (Jack & Dill, 1992)? I am grateful for this opportunity in this anniversary section to blend my personal and professional thoughts about self-silencing, gender, and depression. Please find the original article at
  • Women's psychology,
  • silencing the self
Publication Date
September, 2011
Publisher Statement
Published by the Society for the Psychology of Women doi: 10.1177/0361684311414824
Citation Information
Dana C. Jack. "Reflections on the Silencing the Self Scale and Its Origins" Psychology of Women Quarterly Vol. 35 Iss. 3 (2011)
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