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Piers-Harris 2
Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept Scale, 2nd Edition

Ellen V. Piers, Ph.D.,
Dale B. Harris, Ph.D., &
David S. Herzberg, Ph.D.


The Piers-Harris 2 provides an overall view of an individual’s self-perception and helps identify children, adolescents, and teenagers who may require further testing and possibly treatment.

It is used in both educational and clinical settings to identify specific problem areas, coping and defense mechanisms, and develop suitable intervention techniques.

How to Use the Assessment
The Piers-Harris 2 is available as a handscored Autoscore™ Form. Sixty test items cover six different subscales, as well as two subscales that account for biased responding and random answering. Items are presented as descriptive statements, and the respondent answers in a yes or no fashion indicating whether or not the statement applies to himself or herself. The resulting total score reflects how the individual perceives himself or herself overall, while scores for each separate subscale provide details that allow for more in-depth interpretation.
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Scales and Forms

  • Physical Appearance and Attributes
  • Freedom from Anxiety
  • Intellectual and School Status
  • Behavioral Adjustment
  • Happiness and Satisfaction
  • Popularity

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Ellen V. Piers, Ph.D.,
Dale B. Harris, Ph.D., &
David S. Herzberg, Ph.D.

Age Range 7 to 18 years

Administration Time 10 to 15 minutes

Administration Type Self-report

Qualification Level B

Formats Handscored