Psychometric Properties of the Self-Consciousness Scale-Revised: A Malay Translation

Deanna Arissa Mohd Osman Giani, NurFarhana Ardillah Aftar


The Self-Consciousness Scale was originally constructed by Fenigstein, Scheier and Buss (1975) to assess individual differences in self-consciousness, with its most recent version being the Self-Consciousness Scale-Revised, SCS-R (2013) by Scheier and Carver to suit a more general population. To date, the instrument has not been validated for usage in the Malaysian population. For this research, SCS-R was translated into Malay – the national language of Malaysia. Therefore, the aim of the study was to measure the psychometric properties of the Malay version of the SCS-R (M-SCS), specifically among adults in Malaysia. The translated instrument was administered on a sample of 700 adults aged 18 years old and above through random sampling. Participants were recruited via social media and the questionnaires in Google Form. The questionnaire consists of an informed consent form, demographic questions, the M-SCS, Self-Absorption Scale (SAS), a debriefing and an appreciation note. Data was analyzed via internal consistency, concurrent validity as well as convergent validity against the SAS using the SPSS v.27. It was concluded the M-SCS is reliable and valid for the Malaysian adult population, with a total of 20 items yielding scores for three subscales (public self-consciousness, private self-consciousness, social anxiety).

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