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Development and Validation of the Cinderella Complex Scale (A Measurement of Women's Dependency Syndrome)

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Background: Females all over the world and especially in India are, from their childhood are taught and trained to depend on men in some way or another. This dependency can easily result in being addictive and pathological. This study describes the process of developing and validating an instrument to assess the prevalence of the Cinderella Complex (A women's dependency syndrome) among Indian females (total N=300). Method: The questionnaire constructed for investigating the Cinderella Complex Syndrome contains 40 items statements in forced choice format ('yes' or 'no'). The initial scale consisted of 51 items which were reduced to 40 items after expert mediation and pilot study. The 40 item questionnaire was then administered on 300 females in the age range of 18-45years of age to establish standardization. Results: The Cronbach's Alpha Reliability was found to be .841. Spearman-Brown Coefficient was calculated to be .785 and Guttman Spilt Half Coefficient was calculated to be .780. For validity, content validity and predictive validity were calculated and test was found to be valid. The value of the content validity was found to be high, and the value of predictive validity was calculated to be .001 respectively. Conclusion: This study gives an insight into the construction and validation of the Cinderella Complex Scale. The paper explains in detail the procedure adopted for developing the scale. It explores the dimensions of the Cinderella Complex and gives a picture about the quantitative study of this syndrome. It was found that this scale could be profitably used in relevant areas of practice for the assessment of dependency syndrome among women.