Communal Mastery Scale

December, 2007

The Communal Mastery Scale is an alternative to individually-focused mastery scales.  Communal mastery is defined as the extent to which individuals see themselves as able to be effective in achieving their goals and coping with life challenges by virtue of their being attached to significant others.  The communal mastery scale was developed in collaboration with Melissa Wells and Mary Malek.  Kerstin Schröder assisted with the statistical analyses of the instrument.  For related references please see my vita.

Answered on a 4-point scale from "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree." 

1. By joining with friends and family, I have a great deal of control over the things that happen to me.

2. Working together with friends and family I can solve many of the problems I have.

3. There is little I can do to change many of the important things in my life, even with the help of my family and friends (reverse coded).

4. Working together with people close to me I can overcome most of the problems I have.

5. What happens to me in the future mostly depends on my ability to work well with others.

6. I can do just about anything I set my mind to do because I have the support of those close to me.

7. With the help of those close to me I have more control over my life.

8. What happens to me in the future mostly depends on my being supported by friends, family, or colleagues.

9. I can meet my goals by helping others meet their goals.

10. Friends, family, and colleagues mainly get in the way of my accomplishing goals (reverse coded).