• Profile for Children (8 - 13)

  • Harter, 1985, 2012

    This instrument taps five specific self-concept domains: Scholastic Competence, Athletic Competence, Social Competence*, Physical Appearance, and Behavioral Conduct.  In addition, a separate, sixth subscale, taps Global Self-Worth (or self-esteem). There are a total of 36 items, six for each subscale. 

    *Note that the social subscale has been revised and now taps social competence and no longer social acceptance.  The rationale is provided in the manual.

              This manual also includes a Teacher Rating Form, if that is of interest to researchers.  This could be adapted to obtain ratings from other adults who know the child well (e.g., coaches, parents, etc.) if such ratings are relevant.  The manual also includes ratings from children of the Importance of Success in each domain, but only if such ratings are of relevance to your particular project.

  • Self-Perception Profile for Children

    Manual in PDF format

  • Profile for Adolescents (14 -19)

  • Harter, 1988, 2012

    This instrument is an upward extension of the child’s version.  It include three additional domains particularly relevant during adolescence.  It taps eight specific self-concept domains: Scholastic Competence, Athletic Competence, Social Competence*, Physical Appearance, Behavioral Conduct, Close Friendship, Romantic Appeal, and Job Competence.  In addition, a ninth subscale taps Global Self-Worth (or self-esteem).  Like the children’s version, the social subscale has been revised to tap social competence. Total of 45 items.

  • Self-Perception Profile for Adolescents

    Manual in PDF format

  • Learning Disabled Students (8 - 18)

  • Renick & Harter, 1988/2012

    We have discovered that learning disabled children and adolescents (typically defined as being with the normal IQ range but having deficits in specific cognitive areas) make finer differentiations within the scholastic realm.  That is, some LD students have a general positive perception of their overall intelligence, consistent with messages that they receive from teachers and counselors and parents, but make discriminations between particular school subjects based on their particular deficits.  Thus, this measure taps nine specific domains: General Intellectual Ability, Reading Competence, Math Competence, Writing Competence, Spelling Competence, Social Competence, Athletic Competence, Physical Appearance, and Behavioral Competence.  In addition, a tenth subscale taps Global Self-Worth.  Total of 46 items.  We have found that this instrument is effective for both LD children and adolescents.

  • Self-Perception Profile for LD Students

    Manual in PDF format

  • Profile for Emerging Adults

  • Self-Perception Profile for Emerging Adults

    Manuscript and scale in PDF format

  • Profile for College Students

  • Neemann & Harter, 1986

    This instrument follows the same logic of others in our life-span battery, identifying relevant self-concept domains, as well as global self-worth.  Eleven domains are assessed: Scholastic Competence, Intellectual Ability, Creativity, Job Competence, Athletic Competence, Physical Appearance, Peer Acceptance, Close Friendship, Relationship with Parents, Morality, and Sense of Humor.  A twelfth subscale taps Global Self-Worth. 

    Unlike the scales for younger individuals, we discovered that college students make discriminations between three “cognitive” domains, Scholastic Competence, Intellectual Ability, and Creativity.  In our factor analyses, each of these defines a separate factor.  (These subscales may not be appropriate for non-college individuals, particularly Scholastic Competence.) Note that the domains of Peer Acceptance and Relationships with Parents may not be appropriate for “non-traditional” students who are older. 

  • Self-Perception Profile for College Students

    Manual in PDF format

  • Please note that if you downloaded this manual prior to 5/10/13, item #5 on the student version of "What I Am Like" should be coded 4, 3, 2, 1 rather than 1, 2, 3, 4. Thank you to Angie Trzepacz for pointing out the error.

  • Profile for Adults (20 - 60)

  • Messer & Harter, 1986

    This instrument identifies twelve specific domains that are particularly designed for adults in the world of work and family.  There are twelve specific domains:  Intelligence, Job Competence, Athletic Competence, Physical Appearance, Sociability, Close Friendship, Intimate Relationships, Morality, Sense of Humor, Nurturance, Household Management, and Adequacy as a Provider.  A thirteenth subscale taps Global Self-Worth. 

  • Self-Perception Profile for Adults

    Manual in PDF format

  • Profile for Older Adults (60+)

  • Harter & Kreinik, 2012

    This is a new instrument designed specifically to tap domains and issues that are relevant to “senior citizens.”  While certain domains may continue to be important across adulthood, new challenges and concerns emerge, dimensions that may also predict individuals’ ability to cope with their life situation.  The increasing longevity of our population dictates that we understand how the self-evaluations of older adults impact their adaptation to aging and responses to age-appropriate life tasks.

              We have identified thirteen specific domains: Relationship with Friends, Family Relationships, Nurturance, Adequacy as a Provider, Job Competence, Cognitive Abilities, Personal/Household Management, Leisure Activities, Health Status, Physical Appearance, Morality, Life Satisfaction, and Reminiscence. The wording of items on some subscales invites a “life review” asking not just about one’s current self-perceptions but one’s sense of adequacy in these domains across their adult life.  The Reminiscence subscale particularly targets such an evaluation.  The instrument also includes a fourteenth subscale tapping Global Self-Worth. Total of 84 items.  Investigators may want to select particular subscales that are most relevant to their own research interests and can do so, as long as they keep given subscales intact.


  • Self-Perception Profile for Older Adults

    Manuscript and scale in PDF format

This portfolio last updated: 05-May-2019 9:26 PM