Self-Efficacy in Research Measure-Brief (Kahn & Scott, 1997)


A 12-item self-report measure of a professional psychology doctoral studentís self-efficacy with respect to doing research. Contains items assessing self-efficacy with respect to research design skills, practical research skills, quantitative and computer skills, and writing skills. Items were derived from Phillips and Russell's (1994) 33-item Self-Efficacy in Research Measure.


Kahn, J. H., & Scott, N. A. (1997). Predictors of research productivity and science-related career goals among counseling psychology graduate students. The Counseling Psychologist, 25, 38-67. doi: 10.1177/0011000097251005


The following items are tasks related to research.  Please indicate your degree of confidence in your ability to successfully accomplish each of the following tasks on a scale of 0 - 9 with 0 representing no confidence and 9 representing total confidence.  

                        1          2          3          4          5          6          7          8          9
            No Confidence                                                                       Total Confidence

1.    Keeping records during a research project
2.    Designing an experiment using traditional methods (e.g., experimental, quasi-experimental designs)
3.    Writing the introduction and literature review for a dissertation
4.    Writing the introduction and discussion sections for a research paper for publication
5.    Formulating hypotheses
6.    Writing the method and results sections of a thesis
7.    Utilizing resources for needed help
8.    Understanding computer printouts
9.    Defending a thesis or dissertation
10.  Using multivariate statistics (e.g., multiple regression, factor analysis, etc.)
11.  Using statistical packages (e.g., SPSS-X, SAS, etc.)
12.  Operationalizing variables of interest



Sum all 12 items to attain a total score. There are no item reversals.