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

  • Megumi Nakamura
  • Agnes M. Watanabe-MuraokaEmail author
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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.

KEY WORDS:

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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