Citation for the Mindful Self-Care Scale- SHORT:
Cite the SHORT form as: Cook-Cottone, C. P., & Guyker, W. M. (2017). The Development and Validation of the Mindful Self-Care Scale (MSCS): an Assessment of Practices that Support Positive Embodiment. Mindfulness, 1-15.
The Mindful Self-Care Scale- SHORT (MSCS, 2017) is a 33-item scale that measures the self-reported frequency of behaviors that measure self-care behavior. These scales are the result of an Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) and CFA of two large community samples. The subscales are positively correlated with body esteem and negative correlated with substance use and eating disordered behavior. Note: there are an additional six clinical questions and two general questions for a total of 42 items. (Note, the long-form has 84 questions and 10 subscales. It can be found on Dr. Catherine Cook-Cottone’s faculty web page- below).
Citation for the Mindful Self-Care Scale- LONG:
Cite the LONG form as: Cook-Cottone, C. P. (2015). Mindfulness and yoga for embodied self-regulation: A primer for mental health professionals. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
Self-care is defined as the daily process of being aware of and attending to one’s basic physiological and emotional needs including the shaping of ones daily routine, relationships, and environment as needed to promote self-care.
Self-care is seen as the foundational work required for physical and emotional well-being. Self-care is associated with positive physical health, emotional well-being, and mental health. Steady and intentional practice of self-care is seen as protective by preventing the onset of mental health symptoms, job/school burnout, and improving work and school productivity.
This scale is intended to help individuals identify areas of strength and weakness in self-care behavior as well as assess interventions that serve to improve self-care. The scale addresses 10 domains of self-care: nutrition/hydration, exercise, soothing strategies, self-awareness/mindfulness, rest, relationships, physical and medical practices, environmental factors, self-compassion, and spiritual practices. There are also three general items assessing the individual’s general or more global practices of self-care.