The POTS is an 11-item scale that assesses perception of teasing. It has two subscales:

1) General Weight Teasing
2) Competency Teasing

The scale has established reliability and validity. The alpha for general weight is .94 and
for competency is .78. The scale has been standardized on a sample of 227 female
undergraduates. I will be using the scale with adolescents and obtaining reliability and
validity data for younger age groups also. 

Thompson, J.K., Cattarin, J., Fowler, H., & Fisher, E.  (1995).  The Perception of Teasing
Scale (POTS): A revision and extension of the Physical Appearance Related Teasing Scale
(PARTS).  Journal of Personality Assessment, 65, 146-157.

An online version of the scale can be obtained by clicking on the link below. Please inform me of your findings using this scale. 

Perception of Teasing Scale


For additional information, please contact:
J. Kevin Thompson, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of South Florida
PCD 4118
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa FL 33620-8200.

Phone numbers:
# (813) 974 0367 (office)
# (813) 974 8346 (lab)
# (813) 974 4617 (fax)