Subjective Overachievement Scale (SOS): Concern With Performance

The Subjective Overachievement Scale (SOS): Concern with Performance is a 9-item measure designed to identify subjective overachievers, or individuals who are concerned about having successful performances yet are doubtful about possessing the underlying talent or ability to achieve success. This measure was developed along with the Subjective Overachievement Scale (SOS): Self-Doubt, found here.

ITEMS:

1. It is important that I succeed in all that I do.
2. Failure has its advantages. *
3. Failure is unacceptable to me.
4. I think that in some situations it is important that I not succeed. *
5. Sometimes I am more comfortable when I lose or do poorly. *
6. I try to avoid being too successful. *
7. For me, being successful is not necessarily the best thing. *
8. There are some situations where I think it is better that I fail. *
9. I strive to be successful at all times.

* Reverse-coded Items

Response Options:
Disagree very much - 1
Disagree pretty much - 2
Disagree a little - 3
Agree a little - 4
Agree pretty much - 5
Agree very much - 6

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:

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Scoring Procedures:

Mean and median scores are calculated.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Oleson, K. C., Poehlmann, K. M., Yost, J. H., Lynch, M. E., & Arkin, R. M. (2000). Subjective overachievement: Individual differences in self doubt and concern with performance. Journal of Personality, 68(3), 491-524.

Pyschometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-Retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

MEDIUM
Total Score: 4.50/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

High

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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