Robson Self Concept Questionnaire

Name …………………………………………………………………………………                                      Date:                      /               /
This questionnaire deals with attitudes and beliefs which some people have about themselves.
Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each statement by ringing the single number in each section which represents how you typically feel most of the time.
Since people vary so much in the opinions they hold‚ there are no right or wrong answers.
Completely Disagree
Disagree
Agree
Completely Agree
1.
I have control over my own life.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
2.
I’m easy to like.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
3.
I never feel down in the dumps for very long.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
4:
I can never seem to achieve anything worthwhile.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
5:
There are lots of things I’d change about myself if I could.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
6.
I am not embarrassed to let people know my opinions.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
7:
I don’t care what happens to me.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8:
I seem to be very unlucky.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
9.
Most people find me reasonably attractive.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
10.
I’m glad I’m who I am.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
11:
Most people would take advantage of me if they could.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
12.
I am a reliable person.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
13:
It would be boring if I talked about myself.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
14:
When I’m successful‚ there’s usually a lot of luck involved.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
15.
I have a pleasant personality.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
16.
If a task is difficult‚ that just makes me all the more determined.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
17:
I often feel humiliated.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
18.
I can usually make up my mind and stick to it.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
19:
Everyone else seems much more confident and
contented than me.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
20:
Even when I quite enjoy myself‚ there doesn’t seem
much purpose to it all.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
21:
I often worry about what other people are thinking about me.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
22:
There’s a lot of truth in the saying “What will be‚ will be”.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
23:
I look awful these days.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
24.
If I really try‚ I can overcome most of my problems.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
25:
It’s pretty tough to be me.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
26.
I feel emotionally mature.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
27:
When people criticise me‚ I often feel helpless and second-rate.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
28:
When progress is difficult‚ I often find myself thinking
it’s just not worth the effort.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
29.
I can like myself even when others don’t.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
30.
Those who know me well are fond of me.
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Please check that you have responded to every statement
Scores on the Robson SCQ
NB You do not have to score the Robson yourself (or any of the others) — the database has an automatic scoring system‚ and experience in the pilot was that there is a high rate of human error in scoring this particular questionnaire! The information below is for those who are interested only.
Scoring
Some items are scored as printed‚ others are reversed.
·         The 14 ‘normal’ items (Qu 1‚ 2‚ 3‚ 6‚ 9‚ 10‚ 12‚ 15‚ 16‚ 18‚ 24‚ 26‚ 29‚ 30) have a full stop after the question number (e.g. 2.) — scoring for these is taken straight off the scale as printed.
·         The 16 ‘reversed’ items (Qu 4‚ 5‚ 7‚ 8‚ 11‚ 13‚ 14‚ 17‚ 19‚ 20‚ 21‚ 22‚ 23‚ 25‚ 27‚ 28) have a colon after the question number (e.g. 4:) — scoring is reversed for these (i.e. 0 = 7‚ 1 = 6 etc).
·         Add up the numbers obtained like this to get the total score.
Norms
Reference group
Mean total score
S.D.
From Robson (1989):
70 controls with “…no evidence of psychological disorder…”
137.0
20.2
51 patients with DSM-III GAD
108.0
24.8
47 consecutive referrals to Psychotherapy Dept
99.8
24.0
From Robson (personal communication)
200 controls
140.0
19.8
From Romans‚ Martin & Mullen (1996) [New Zealand sample]:
225 women from random community sample (those who did not report CSA)
147.4
25.8
252 women from random community sample (those who did report CSA)
138.8
29.6
Pooling the Robson control samples gives an estimate for the ‘normal’ mean in British samples = 139.2 (SD=19.9); so to simplify a bit for routine clinical use we take it as mean = 140‚ SD = 20.
References

Robson (1989). Development of a new self-report questionnaire to measure self-esteem. Psychological Medicine‚ 19‚ 513-518.

Romans‚ Martin & Mullen (1996). Women’s self-esteem: a community study of women who report and do not report childhood sexual abuse. British Journal of Psychiatry‚ 169‚ 696-704.

David Westbrook
October 1997
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