Development and validation of a brief self-assessed wisdom scale

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Original languageEnglish
Article number54
Journal / PublicationBMC Geriatrics
Online published12 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020



Background: This longitudinal study aimed to develop a nine-item Brief Self-Assessed Wisdom Scale (BSAWS) derived from the original 40-item Self-Assessed Wisdom Scale (SAWS). 
Methods: The psychometric properties of the shortened scale were evaluated based on a sample of 157 older adults. The factor structure and dimensionality of the original SAWS were examined using confirmatory factor analysis. Subsequent explorative factor analysis of the BSAWS supported the construct validity of the shortened scale. 
Results: The internal consistency, convergent validity and construct validity of the shortened scale were also evaluated and the results indicated that the BSAWS possesses good psychometric properties and is comparable with the full version. 
Conclusions: This scale refinement may help researchers and practitioners conduct epistemological surveys or clinical research related to wisdom.

Research Area(s)

  • BSAWS, Confirmatory factor analysis, Older adults, SAWS, Wisdom

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