Assessing the Validity of Self Construal Scales
A Response to Levine et al.
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2006
Human Communication Research
Volume 29, Issue 2, pages 253–274, April 2003
How to Cite
Gudykunst, W. B. and Lee, C. M. (2003), Assessing the Validity of Self Construal Scales. Human Communication Research, 29: 253–274. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2958.2003.tb00838.x
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2006
We disagree with Levine et al.'s (2003) conclusion that the 3 self construal scales currently in use have “severe” or “fatal” flaws. We argue that the results of Levine et al.'s meta-analysis and priming studies do not raise problems with the validity of self construal scales, in part, because their results are compatible with theorizing about self construals. We also contend that Levine et al.'s measurement studies do not necessarily lead to the conclusion that there are problems with the validity of the scales (e.g., there may be multiple dimensions that form independent and interdependent self construals in second-order factor analyses). We summarize other evidence for the construct validity of self construal scales which indicates that there are theoretically consistent findings across approximately 50 studies using the 3 scales. This would not be possible if there were major problems with the 2-dimensional model of self construals or the scales used to measure them. We conclude that the 2-dimensional model of self construals and the current scales are viable for use in future research.