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by Isabella F. Dachs and Rhett Diessnerâ€”Lewis-Clark State College
Category: Cross-Cultural, Psychometrics
German Version of the Engagement With Beauty Scale
The Engagement with Beauty Scale (EBS) was designed using the philosophical works of Kant (1790/1987), Hegel (c. 1835/1993), and Aquinas (c. 1260/1947), as well as the psychological work of Haidt and Kilter (2004). The scale has construct, concurrent, and predictive validity as well as internal consistency, with a Cronbachâ€™s alpha of .90 for total score with an American sample (Diessner, Solom, Frost, Parsons, & Davidson, 2008). In the study reported here, the EBS was translated into German and administered to a sample of Germans living in southern Germany, revealing a Cronbachâ€™s alpha of .94 for total score (validity was not formally assessed). Discussion centers on comparing the German sampleâ€™s scores on the natural beauty, artistic beauty, and moral beauty subscales of the EBS with the American sampleâ€™s scores.