Clance impostor phenomenon scale: psychometric properties of russian version

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages
Affiliation: National Research University Higher School of Economics
Address: Perm, Perm, Studencheskaya Street, 38, Russia
Occupation: Professor of the Department of General Psychology
Affiliation: Institute of Social Sciences RANEPA
Address: Perm, Gagarina Boulevard, 10, Russia
Occupation: Professor, Department of Foreign Languages
Affiliation: National Research University Higher School of Economics
Address: Perm, Studencheskaya Street, 38, Russia
Journal namePsikhologicheskii zhurnal
EditionVolume 42 Issue 1

Impostor phenomenon is a personality disposition characterized by underestimating abilities, competences and achievements; inability to accept external approval and exaggeration of external accomplishments; attribution of success to external factors. Having been found in organizational and academic settings, impostor phenomenon prevents success for ethnic and professional groups. Impostor phenomenon is negatively correlated with self-esteem and positively ― with negative emotions. The purpose of this research is to test Clance Impostor Phenomenon Scale (CIPS) validity for the Russian sample. The scale includes 20 statements in 3 subscales: Fake, Discount and Luck. The participants were 370 students. To test external validity the study employed Stolin’s and Pantileev’s Self-Attitude Scale and the Portrait Big Five Questionnaire. CFA confirmed one-factor structure for CIPS. Imposter Phenomenon Scale showed a good reliability (α = 0.89). CIPS validity is confirmed by negative correlations with self-attitude, four personality traits and positive correlations with internal conflict, self-incrimination and neuroticism. CIPS shows one-factor structure, possesses good reliability and convergent validity, as a result, can be applied for a wide range of research areas and practical issues.

KeywordsImpostor Phenomenon, psychodiagnosis, validity, reliability, self-attitude, personality
AcknowledgmentThe study was carried out with the financial support of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research within the framework of scientific project № 20-013-00743
Publication date20.01.2021
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