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Psychometric Validation of the Core Self-Evaluations Scale in People With Spinal Cord Injury
Disability and Rehabilitation (2015)
  • Susan Miller Smedema, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Blaise Morrison, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Rana Yaghmaian, Portland State University
  • Jesse Deangelis, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Holly Aldrich, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Purpose: Core self-evaluations (CSE) are the perceptions that people have about their overall worth and capability. CSE may be a useful global indicator of adaptation to disability and subjective well-being. The Core Self-Evaluations Scale (CSES) is the most common direct measure of CSE, but its use with persons with disabilities has not been validated. This study aims to evaluate the factorial and concurrent validity of the CSES in persons with spinal cord injury. 

Method: Two hundred forty-seven individuals with spinal cord injury completed an online survey consisting of the CSES, measures of the four CSE traits, and selected psychosocial variables. 

Results: Confirmatory factor analysis results provide support for the one-factor measurement structure of the CSES. When correlated with selected psychosocial variables, the CSES was found to perform in a similar fashion to an indirect measure of CSE constructed from measures of the individual CSE traits. 

Conclusions: The CSES demonstrated acceptable psychometric properties, and its use as a brief, cost-effective measure of CSE in rehabilitation research and practice is supported.
Publication Date
July, 2015
Citation Information
Susan Miller Smedema, Blaise Morrison, Rana Yaghmaian, Jesse Deangelis, et al.. "Psychometric Validation of the Core Self-Evaluations Scale in People With Spinal Cord Injury" Disability and Rehabilitation Vol. 38 Iss. 9 (2015)
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