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Skala der sozialen Verantwortung
The SV is the German translation of the scale for measuring social responsibility according to Berkowitz and Daniels (1964) and is used for the dispositional measurement of social responsibility. The SV comprises 22 items that form the overall scale. Two subscales can be differentiated: (1) Fulfilment of legitimate expectations of others, (2) Compliance with social rules. Reliability: The internal consistencies were alpha = .77-.80 (full scale), alpha = .71-.75 (short scale) and alpha = .65-.70 (subscales). After five weeks, a stability coefficient of rtt = .80 could be determined. Validity: The results of the principal component analysis supported both the single factor structure and the formation of two subscales. The SV correlates positively with internal control convictions and empathy and negatively with fear of failure and conflict as well as aversion to responsibility. In a study with volunteers it was found that the SV is positively correlated with the motive to help out of social responsibility, while the correlation with political responsibility was low. The subscale "Meeting the legitimate expectations of others" is related to the extent to which the volunteer has helped (criterion validity). For the correlation between social responsibility and social desirability a coefficient of r = .43 (p < .001) was found, so that it can be assumed that social responsibility is not completely independent of social desirability. The common variance is about 18.5 %.
Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID). (2019). Open Test Archive: SV. Skala der sozialen Verantwortung. Available at: https://www.testarchiv.eu/en/test/9004061
Bierhoff, H.-W. (2012). SV. Skala der sozialen Verantwortung [Verfahrensdokumentation und Fragebogen]. In Leibniz-Institut für Psychologie (ZPID) (Hrsg.), Open Test Archive. Trier: ZPID.
Short Name SV
English Name Social Responsibility Scale - German version
Authors Bierhoff, H.-W.
Published in Test archive 2012
Copyright/Licence Copyright Autoren; CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0
Key words Social Norms, Social Behavior, Responsibility
Language versions deu
Construct Social responsibility
Application age Adults
Item number 22 items
Subscales (1) Meeting the legitimate expectations of others, (2) Compliance with social rules, full scale: social responsibility
Application Time approx. 5 Min.
Interpretation time A few minutes.
Reliability Internal consistency: Cronbach's alpha = .65-.80. Retestreliability (5-week interval): rtt = .80.
Validity Findings on construct and criterion validity; correlations with various variables.
Applications School, Work, Environment, Science
There is no abstract in English available. Short information about the measure can be found under Overview. More can be found on the German pages.
There is no review in English available. Short information about the measure can be found under Overview. More can be found on the German pages.
First published in
Bierhoff, H.-W. (2000). Skala der sozialen Verantwortung nach Berkowitz und Daniels: Entwicklung und Validierung. Diagnostica, 46 (1), 18-28.
Feedback on the use of a procedure from the Open Test Archive of the Leibniz Institute for Psychology (ZPID) to the test author(s)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Bierhoff, Emeritus, Fakultät für Psychologie, Sozialpsychologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstraße 150, D-44801 Bochum