The validity and reliability of the revised Chinese version of the Situational Self-Awareness Scale

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Xufeng Liu
Yong-Cong Shao
Yebing Yang
Shengjun Wu
Hai Yang
Wei Wang
Wei Xiao
Cite this article:  Liu, X., Shao, Y., Yang, Y., Wu, S., Yang, H., Wang, W., & Xiao, W. (2009). The validity and reliability of the revised Chinese version of the Situational Self-Awareness Scale. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 37(6), 743-752.


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In this study a Chinese version of the Situational Self-Awareness Scale (SSAS; Govern & Marsch, 2001) was developed and tested for validity and reliability. Participants were 1,244 undergraduate students. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and other statistical methods yielded results indicating a good correlation of items in the Chinese (C-SSAS) and English version of the scale. When private self-awareness was assessed in a private setting the score of participants was significantly greater and likewise the public self-awareness scores were higher when the scale was completed in a public setting. Test-retest reliability was significant across situations and time. The reallocation of one item to public self-awareness in the C-SSAS from private in the SSAS was indicative of differences between Eastern and Western cultures and this is discussed. In general, the results indicated that the Chinese version of the SSAS has good reliability and validity. The scale should, therefore, be suitable as a reference to develop scales for evaluating personnel working in specific occupations.

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