The measurement of wisdom: A commentary on Taylor, Bates, and Webster’s comparison of the SAWS and 3D-WS

Ardelt, M. (2011). The measurement of wisdom: A commentary on Taylor, Bates, and Webster’s comparison of the SAWS and 3D-WS. Experimental Aging Research, 37(2), 241-255. doi: 10.1080/0361073X.2011.554509.

In my reply to Taylor, Bates, and Webster’s article, I (a) clarify the development and assessment of the Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale (3D-WS), (b) describe the difference between the essential components of wisdom and its predictors, correlates, and consequences, and (c) conduct additional bivariate correlation analyses between the components of the 3D-WS and Webster’s Self-Administered Wisdom Scale (SAWS) and all the forgiveness and psychological well-being subscales. Results show that the cognitive, reflective, and affective dimensions of the 3D-WS were significantly and positively correlated with all the forgiveness and psychological well-being subscales. By contrast, only the emotional regulation and humor components of the SAWS were consistently positively associated with those subscales. It appears that the 3D-WS measures the essential cognitive, reflective, and affective components of wisdom, whereas the SAWS contains a reflective wisdom component, a wisdom predictor, a consequence of wisdom, and two necessary but not sufficient wisdom components.



(My publication)Posted:Dec 31 2010, 11:00 PM by ardelt
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