It’s All About : Validation of Trait and State Versions of the German Personal Sense of Power Scale

Faculty/Professorship: Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment  
Author(s): Körner, Robert  ; Heydasch, Timo; Schütz, Astrid  
Year of publication: 2022
Volume: 38
Issue: 1
Pages: 36-48
Source/Other editions: European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 38 (2021), 1, S. 36-38 - ISSN: 2151-2426
is version of: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000642
Year of first publication: 2021
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-54889
The present research was aimed at providing a German version of the Personal Sense of Power Scale (GPSPS; Anderson et al., 2012) and testing its psychometric properties. A personal sense of power describes the perception of one’s ability to influence others. Probably every human relationship can be characterized by differences in power, which means that the measurement of experienced power is highly relevant. The availability of appropriate measures in different languages will help improve research and cross-cultural comparisons. Five studies were conducted. Internal consistency was high across all studies. Stability across 6 and 12 weeks was also high. A good fit was observed for a 6-item unidimensional version. Correlations with a variety of psychological and sociodemographic variables were in the expected directions, supporting nomological and criterion validity (Study 1). Measurement invariance across gender was demonstrated. In support of construct validity, a clinical sample scored significantly lower than others. Finally, two studies showed the sensitivity of a state version of the scale. We encourage researchers to use this scale as a reliable and valid instrument for assessing trait and state power.
GND Keywords: Macht; Psychometrie; Validierung; Personal Sense of Power Scale
Keywords: power, personal sense of power,, state power, influence, status
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CS 9500   
Type: Article
Release Date: 8. August 2022

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