Rosenberg self-esteem scale

The Rosenberg self-esteem scale was developed by Morris Rosenberg, Ph.D. (deceased) in 1965. (Reference: Society and The adolescent Self-Image. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.)

Measure the level of your
self-esteem with the
Rosenberg self-esteem scale

The scale can be used to assess global self-esteem and it is one of the most widely used self-esteem tests among psychologists and sociologists.

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Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965)

The scale is a ten item Likert scale with items answered on a four point scale - from strongly agrees to strongly disagree. The original sample for which the scale was developed consisted of 5,024 High School Juniors and Seniors from 10 randomly selected schools in New York State.

Instructions: Below is a list of statements dealing with your general feelings about yourself. If you strongly agree, circle SA. If you agree with the statement, circle A. If you disagree, circle D. If you strongly disagree, circle SD.

1. On the whole, I am satisfied with myself.

SA -A -D -SD

2.* At times, I think I am no good at all.

SA -A -D -SD

3. I feel that I have a number of good qualities.

SA -A -D -SD

4. I am able to do things as well as most other people.

SA -A -D -SD

5. * I feel I do not have much to be proud of.

SA -A -D -SD

6. * I certainly feel useless at times.

SA -A -D -SD

7. I feel that I’m a person of worth, at least on an equal plane with others.

SA -A -D -SD

8. * I wish I could have more respect for myself.

SA -A -D -SD

9. * All in all, I am inclined to feel that I am a failure.

SA -A -D -SD

10. I take a positive attitude toward myself.

SA -A -D -SD

Scoring: SA=3, A=2, D=1, SD=0. Items with an asterisk are reverse scored, that is, SA=0, A=1, D=2, SD=3. Sum the scores for the 10 items. The higher the score, the higher the self-esteem. Scores below 15 suggest low self-esteem.

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