Multidimensional Self-Concept Scale (MSCS)

The Multidimensional Self-Concept Sale (MSCS) is an assessment of self concept intended for use with students in grades 5-12. The MSCS is comprised of 6 subscales, (Social, Competence, Affect, Academic, Family, Physical) each containing 25 items, for a total of 150 items within the assessment.


Self Awareness,
Social Awareness


4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade,
Post secondary

Administration Information

150 items

Access and Use

Open Access
Use in Research

Montgomery, M. S. (1994). Self-concept and children with learning disabilities: Observer-child concordance across six context-dependent domains. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 27(4), 254-262.

Perillo, L. et al. (2014). Orthodontic treatment need for adolescents in the Campania region: The malocclusion impact on self-concept. Patient Preference & Adherence, 8, 353-359.

Polloni, L. et al. (2015). Multidimensional analysis of food-allergic children and adolescents' self-concept. A comparison with a healthy matched sample. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(6), 850-857.


Psychometric References

Bracken, B. A., Bunch, S., Keith, T. Z., & Keith, P. B. (2000). Child and adolescent multidimensional self‐concept: A five‐instrument factor analysis. Psychology in the Schools, 37(6), 483-493.<483::AID-PITS1>3.0.CO;2-R

Bracken, B. A., & Howell, K. K. (1991). Multidimensional self concept validation: A three-instrument investigation. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 9(4), 319-328.

Delugach, R. R. et al. (1992). Self concept: Multidimensional construct exploration. Psychology in the Schools, 29(3), 213-223.<213::AID-PITS2310290303>3…

Young, E. L., & Sudweeks, R. R. (2005). Gender differential item functioning in the multidimensional self concept scale with a sample of early adolescent students. Measurement & Evaluation in Counseling & Development, 38(1), 29-44.

Item Type

Psychometric Considerations

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