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Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale, Third Edition

Ellen V. Piers, PhD, Shirag K. Shemmassian, PhD, David S. Herzberg, PhD, and Dale B. Harris, PhD

Provides a complete picture of self-concept using a simple yes-or-no response format
Paper and pencil
Age range:
6 years to 22 years
10-15 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The Piers-Harris 3 quickly measures self-concept in children, adolescents, and young adults and identifies individuals who may need further testing or treatment. While retaining the core features of the widely used Piers-Harris 2, this revised edition features a broader age range and updated item content with improved readability and clarity. Items reflecting bullying, social isolation, and body image have been added to better assess social acceptance and physical self-concept.

Features and benefits

  • Includes updated normative data based on a new, nationally representative standardization sample.
  • Validity has been expanded through new clinical studies with six diagnostic groups: ADHD, ASD, depressive disorder, eating disorder, specific learning disability, and trauma- or stressor-related disorder. 
  • Because it is a self-report, responses are based on the individual's perceptions rather than observations of parents or teachers. 
  • Items require only a yes-or-no response.

Test structure

  • Comprises 58 items and six domains: Behavior Adjustment, Freedom from Anxiety, Happiness and Satisfaction, Intellectual and School Status, Physical Appearance and Attributes, and Social Acceptance. 
  • Two validity scales identify biased responding and the tendency to answer randomly. 
  • Written at a first-grade reading level. 
  • Provides a Total Score that reflects overall self-concept plus domain scores that permit more detailed interpretation.