Quality of Life Concepts

Secondary Health Conditions

Karolinska Scales of Personality (KSP)

Description: A measure of personality [1].

Format: 135 items grouped into 15 scales: Psychic Anxiety, Somatic Anxiety, Muscular Tension, Psychasthenia, Inhibition of aggression, Detachment, Impulsiveness, Monotony Avoidance (sensation seeking), Socialization, Indirect Aggression, Verbal Aggression, Irritability, Suspicion, Guilt, Social Desirability.

A newer version of the KSP is the Swedish Universities Scales of Personality (SSP), which has also been translated into English. The psychometric properties of the SSP were found to be superior to those of the KSP in a normative sample.

Scoring: Respondents answer on a 4-point Likert scale ranging from 1 (strongly disagree) to 4 (strongly agree). Higher scores indicate a higher degree of the trait measured. Raw scores can be transformed into T-scores (M = 50, SD = 10) to allow for comparisons across scales.

Administration and Burden: Interviewer-administered. Completion time not reported.

Psychometrics for SCI: Not available.

Languages: English, Spanish, Swedish.

QoL Concept: The KSP is a measure of personality, which corresponds to Box E (subjective well-being, self-esteem) of Dijker’s Model.

Permissions/Where to Obtain: Unknown.

References:

  1. Schalling D, Edman G, Asberg M. Biological basis of sesnation seeking, impulsivity and anxiety. In: Zuckerman M, editor. Impulsive cognitive style and inability to tolerate boredom. Hillsdale, NJ: Earlbaum; 1983. p 123-45.

CLICK ON THE LISTED SECONDARY HEALTH CONDITIONS ON THE LEFT TO READ HOW THE KSP HAS BEEN USED WITH A PARTICULAR CONDITION


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