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Internalized Shame Scale (ISS)

Title of the Portuguese Version

Escala de Vergonha Interna

Original Version

Cook, D. R. (1987)

Portuguese Version

Matos, M., Pinto-Gouveia, J., Duarte, C. (2012)

General Description

The Internalized Shame Scale (ISS) is a self-report measure which assesses trait shame, composed by an Internal Shame subscale, measuring internalized shame, and a Self-Esteem subscale. The Internal Shame and Self-Esteem subscales present a one-dimensional structure. The subscales present high internal consistency, and an excellent temporal stability. Convergent and discriminant validity of the subscales was corroborated through the moderate correlations with a measure of shame and of social comparison, and through the low and moderate correlations with the subscales Depression, Anxiety, and Stress. The Portuguese version of the ISS is a valid and reliable instrument to measure internalized shame.

  • Cook, D. R. (1987). Measuring shame: The internalized shame scale. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 4, 197-215.

  • Matos, M., Pinto-Gouveia, J., & Duarte, C. (2012). When I don’t like myself: Portuguese version of the Internalized Shame Scale. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 15, 1411-1423. doi:10.5209/rev_SJOP.2012.v15.n3.39425 http://hdl.handle.net/10316/46613


Marcela Matos – marcela.s.matos@gmail.com