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Volume 13, Issue 2


The Chinese Adolescent Egocentrism Scale: psychometric properties and normative profiles

Daniel T.L. Shek
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  • Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China
  • Department of Applied Social Sciences, Centre for Innovative Programmes for Adolescents and Families, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China
  • Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, P.R. China
  • Department of Social Work, East China Normal University, P.R. China
  • Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA
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Published Online: 2014-04-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijdhd-2014-0315


Although contemporary adolescents are commonly described as “egocentric” and “self-centered”, there is a severe lack of validated Chinese measures of adolescent egocentrism. Based on a thorough literature review, the 14-item Chinese Adolescent Egocentrism Scale (CAES) was developed and administered to 1658 Chinese secondary school students. Factor analyses showed that two factors were intrinsic to the scale and the related subscales as well as the overall scale had high internal consistency. Consistent with expectations, CAES scores were significantly related to measures of morality, egocentrism, spirituality, and empathy. Analyses of the responses to the CAES items revealed that a significant proportion of respondents showed self-centered characteristics.

Keywords: Chinese adolescents; egocentrism; factor structure; normative profiles; reliability; validity


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About the article

Corresponding author: Professor Daniel T.L. Shek, PhD, FHKPS, SBS, JP, Chair Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Room HJ407, Core H, Hunghom, Hong Kong, P.R. China, E-mail:

Received: 2013-03-01

Accepted: 2013-04-05

Published Online: 2014-04-16

Published in Print: 2014-05-01

Citation Information: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 13, Issue 2, Pages 297–307, ISSN (Online) 2191-0367, ISSN (Print) 2191-1231, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijdhd-2014-0315.

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