Psychometric properties of the Polish version of the Body and Apperance Self-conscious Emotions Scale (BASES)

  • Magdalena Razmus Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin
  • Wiktor Razmus The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
  • Agnieszka Stachyra Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin
  • Andree L. Castonguay Concordia University, Montreal
  • Catherine M. Sabiston University of Toronto, Toronto
Keywords: body image; self-conscious emotions; shame; guilt; hubristic and authentic pride


The studies were aimed to investigate the psychometric properties of a Polish version of the Body and Appearance Self-Conscious Emotions Scale (BASES; Castonguay, Sabiston, Crocker, & Mack). In Study 1, data from student (n = 325) and community samples (n = 385) provided evidence for the four-factor structure of the Polish BASES and its adequate construct validity. Data from a separate sample (n = 443) in Study 2 supported the four-factor structure of the Polish BASES, as well as its convergent validity through significant correlations between BASES scores and other variables related to body image and well-being. Sex invariance was also tested and confirmed, although mean scores for guilt and shame were higher for women. The Polish BASES is an appropriate and psychometrically sound measure of body and appearance-related self-conscious emotions.


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