COMPASSIONATE AND SELF-IMAGE GOALS SCALE

Researchers have our permission to use these measures in their research.  For information about reliability and validity‚ see Crocker & Canevello‚ 2008‚ Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  If you have questions about how to use or think about the measures‚ feel free to contact us: Jennifer Crocker [email protected] or Amy Canevello [email protected].
It is helpful to remember that people can have compassionate and self-image goals simultaneously; they are not opposite ends of a continuum.  In addition‚ people can approach their most important goals with either a compassionate or a self-image goal orientation‚ or both. For example‚ when we asked a sample of incoming college freshmen about their most important academic goal for the semester‚ almost all of them mentioned a GPA they would like to receive.  Yet‚ despite their shared overarching goal‚ these students differed in how much they had compassionate and self-image goals for academics.  That is‚ people with compassionate and self-image goals don’t necessarily care about or do different things; rather‚ they approach their important goals with different motivational perspectives on the relation between the self and others‚ and with different intentions toward others
 
 
FRIENDSHIP COMPASSIONATE AND SELF-IMAGE GOALS SCALE
 
COMPASSIONATE GOALSitems 1‚ 4‚ 5‚ 8‚ 10‚ 11‚ 12
 
SELF-IMAGE GOALSitems 2‚ 3‚ 6‚ 7‚ 9‚ 13
 
SCORING: Take the mean of items in each subscale.
 
ROOMMATE COMPASSIONATE AND SELF-IMAGE GOALS SCALE
 
COMPASSIONATE GOALSitems 1‚ 2‚ 4‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7‚ 9‚ 10‚ 13
 
SELF-IMAGE GOALSitems 3‚ 8‚ 11‚ 12‚ 14‚ 15‚ 16
 
SCORING: Take the mean of items in each subscale.
CITATION:

Crocker‚ J.‚ & Canevello‚ A. (2008). Creating and undermining social support in communal relationships: The role of compassionate and self-image goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology‚ 95‚ 555-575.

FRIENDSHIP COMPASSIONATE AND SELF-IMAGE GOALS SCALE
 
In the past week‚ in the area of friendships‚ how much did you want or try to:
Not at All
A little
Somewhat
A lot
Extremely
1.
avoid doing things that aren’t helpful to me or others
1
2
3
4
5
2.
avoid the possibility of being wrong
1
2
3
4
5
3.
get others to recognize or acknowledge your positive qualities
1
2
3
4
5
4.
avoid being selfish or self-centered
1
2
3
4
5
5.
have compassion for others’ mistakes and weaknesses
1
2
3
4
5
6.
avoid being rejected by others
1
2
3
4
5
7.
avoid taking risks or making mistakes
1
2
3
4
5
8.
be constructive in your comments to others
1
2
3
4
5
9.
avoid showing your weaknesses
1
2
3
4
5
10.
avoid doing anything that would be harmful to others
1
2
3
4
5
11.
be supportive of others
1
2
3
4
5
12.
make a positive difference in someone else’s life
1
2
3
4
5
13.
convince others that you are right
1
2
3
4
5
 
ROOMMATE COMPASSIONATE AND SELF-IMAGE GOALS SCALE
 
TODAY in my relationship with my roommate‚ I wanted / tried to . . . 
Not at all
A little
Somewhat
A lot
Extremely
1.
Have compassion for my roommate’s mistakes and weaknesses.
1
2
3
4
5
2.
Make a positive difference in my roommate’s life.
1
2
3
4
5
3.
Avoid the possibility of being wrong.
1
2
3
4
5
4.
Be supportive of my roommate.
1
2
3
4
5
5.
Avoid neglecting my relationship with my roommate.
1
2
3
4
5
6.
Avoid being selfish or self-centered.
1
2
3
4
5
7.
Avoid doing things that aren’t helpful to me or my roommate.
1
2
3
4
5
8.
Avoid showing my weaknesses.
1
2
3
4
5
9.
Be constructive in my comments to my roommate.
1
2
3
4
5
10.
Avoid doing anything that would be harmful to my roommate.
1
2
3
4
5
11.
Get my roommate to do things my way.
1
2
3
4
5
12.
Avoid being blamed or criticized.
1
2
3
4
5
13.
Be aware of the impact my behavior might have on my roommate’s feelings.
1
2
3
4
5
14.
Demonstrate my intelligence.
1
2
3
4
5
15.
Convince my roommate that I am right.
1
2
3
4
5
16.
Avoid coming across as unintelligent or incompetent.
1
2
3
4
5
 
http://faculty.psy.ohio-state.edu/crocker/lab/goals.php#4