The Physical Appearance Comparison Scale  is a five-item scale that assesses an individual’s tendency to compare their own appearance to the appearance of others. The standardization sample consisted of 80 female undergraduates.  Internal consistency using Cronbach’s alpha was found to be .78 and test-retest reliability was .72

Thompson, J.K., Heinberg, L., & Tantleff, S. (1991). The Physical Appearance Comparison Scale (PACS). The Behavior Therapist, 14, 174.

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


The Physical Appearance 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.

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