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The Unconditional Positive Self-Regard Scale (Patterson & Joseph, 2006) is a measure to assess individual differences in unconditional positive self-regard.
It consists of two subscales. The first assesses conditionality of self-regard. The second assesses self-regard. Previous research has tended to sum these subscales, such that higher scores on the total scale indicate greater unconditional positive self-regard. Higher scores have been found to be related to lower distress and greater well-being. In this talk I will explore the use of the scale and how the two subscales can be used to create a taxonomy of self-regard, in which there are four categories: unconditional positive self-regard; conditional positive self-regard; unconditional negative self-regard; and conditional negative self-regard.
What I propose is that each of these categories represents an attitude towards oneself that underpins a person’s stance to their life, and that the process of personal growth can be understood as a progression through these categories, now understood as a more fluid and ever-changing process. New ideas for research to test this will be discussed.
Patterson, T. G., & Joseph, S. (2006). Development of a self‐report measure of unconditional positive self‐regard. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 79(4), 557-570.
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