Developing "The values of my own life" test



The development of psycho-diagnostic tool to measure the value of minors’ own life is described. The test may be used in various fields of applied psychology. In particular, we intend to use this test to evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs aimed at preventing anti-social and suicidal behavior. The study is based on theoretical and practical studies in the field of meaning of life, formal theory of mental processes and the AlNikOr computer system developed by A.N. Orekhov, practical experience with minors working on the program “My theme - my life” and the results of 232 interviews of adolescents. On the basis of the data obtained we formed 36 primary scales and hypothesized six secondary scales reflecting the combined value of minors’ own lives. Pilot testing was conducted, which involved adolescents aged 13 to 17 years, of which 43 boys and 61 girls. Primary factor analysis of the results allowed us to construct four additional secondary scales of the test. Internal validity (synchronous reliability) of the test proved to be quite high (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.994 at a significance level of p = 0,002).

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Keywords: anti-social and suicidal behavior, the value of his own life, his own life values diagnostics, preventive work with minors, the test value of his own life, the implicit approach mathematize theory of mental processes, the computer system AlNikOr

Journal rubric: Tools

For citation: Orekhov А.N., Palamonov I.Y. Developing "The values of my own life" test. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2014. Vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 123–133. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Аlexander N. Orekhov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Psychology of Personality and Differential Psychology, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Igor Y. Palamonov, PhD in Psychology, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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