Citation: Pearlin, L. I., & Schooler, C. (1978). The structure of coping. Journal of health and social behavior, 2-21.
PMID or DOI: PMID: 893732
Main positive psychological well-being construct measured: Mastery
Sub-constructs measured: N/A
Available subscales: N/A
Description: The Pearlin Mastery (PM) scale measures the extent to which an individual regards their life chances as being under their personal control rather than fatalistically ruled.
Number of items: 7
Example of statement/item: “What happens to me in the future mostly depends on me”
Response options: 4-point Likert scale, 1,“Strongly disagree” and 4,“Strongly agree”.
Total score: Items are summed, yielding a range from 7 to 28. Higher scores indicate greater levels of mastery.
Examples of studies:
1. Low, C.A., et al., Psychosocial predictors of coronary artery calcification progression in postmenopausal women. Psychosom Med, 2011. 73(9): p. 789-94.