Global Social Responsibility: Developing a Scale for Senior High School Students in Japan

  • Megumi Nakamura
  • Agnes M. Watanabe-MuraokaEmail author

This research was conducted with the aim of clarifying a concept of “global social responsibility.” A total sample of 395 senior high school students in Japan responded to a pool of items mostly adapted from a scale developed by Starrett (1996) and provided additional data concerning their social experiences. The data were used in the development of a Japanese version of the Global Social Responsibility (GSR) scale. It was found that “global altruism,” “active involvement with society,” and “understanding of interdependence” constituted a construct of global social responsibility. It was also found that females, those who discussed social problems with their family, those who revealed a high awareness of responsibility and those who had multiple experiences of volunteer activities for community service showed high GSR scores. The scale provides both an awareness of the concept and a measure for determining levels of global social responsibility. Counseling professionals are encouraged to consider their roles from a global and social perspective, with the notion of responsibility being seen as central to the concepts of freedom and personal development.


Japanese youth social responsibility factor analyses global social responsibility scale community service 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Psychology, Institute of PsychologyUniversity of TsukubaTokyoJapan

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