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Assessment of shame and guilt in a psychiatric sample: a comparison of two measures

Authors
Journal
Personality and Individual Differences
0191-8869
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
32
Issue
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0191-8869(01)00124-6
Keywords
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Psychiatric Inpatients
  • Assessment
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract The relationship between measures of shame, guilt, and psychopathology was examined in a heterogeneous inpatient sample ( n=82) using the Test of Self-Conscious Affect (TOSCA) and the Personal Feelings Questionnaire-2 (PFQ-2). It was predicted that both shame scales would correlate positively with measures of psychopathology. This hypothesis was supported in bivariate analyses, however, when partialed for each respective guilt scale, only the TOSCA maintained significant associations with measures of psychopathology. It was predicted that only the PFQ-2 guilt scale would correlate positively with measures of psychopathology, and this hypothesis was supported in both bivariate analyses and partial correlations, controlling for shame scores. These findings support previous work, suggesting that the TOSCA and PFQ-2 guilt scales assess different constructs of guilt. Methodological issues of shame and guilt assessment with psychiatric patients also are discussed.

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