State Self-Esteem Scale

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State Self-Esteem Scale (Heatherton, English) 

Self-esteem is one’s own feeling of worthiness, and there are various scales measuring this.

The advantages of this scale over Rosenberg’s are (in my opinion):

  • This scale has clearer data on averages in the adult population, which are available in the paper of Heatherton and Polivy (1991).
  • Whereas the Rosenberg scoring varies from paper to paper, here they use a clear 5 point scale with results in healthy adults. Each item is scored on a 5-point scale (1 = not at all, 2 = a little bit, 3 = somewhat, 4 = very much, and 5 = extremely).
  • The scale includes three facets of self-esteem: Appearance, Performance, and Social (you need to read the Heatherton and Polivy paper to understand why the authors believe the scale measures this, which has to do with their statistical factor analysis).

Further, the author’s state (p.908):

We found that the scale is evidence of attitudinal and motivational consequences. Journal of psychometrically sound and that it displays considerable concurrent and discriminant validity in the laboratory, in the classroom, and in clinical settings.

The authors ran a couple of studies. Because the questionnaire has 20 items with scores between 1 and 5, the scale ranges between 5 and 100.

In a study with 102 undergraduate volunteers (72 women, 30 men) ranging between 18 and 43, they found an average overall score of 70 points (on a scale from 20 to 100). Divided by the three different facts, they found an average of 25 for Performance (range 7 to 35) and Social (range 7 to 35), and 20 on Appearance (range 6 to 30). You can compare this to your own scores if you run the demo test.

A 20-item scale that measures a participant’s self-esteem at a given point in time. The 20 items are subdivided into 3 components of self-esteem: (1) performance self-esteem, social self-esteem, and appearance self-esteem. All items are answered using a 5-point scale (1= not at all, 2= a little bit, 3= somewhat, 4= very much, 5= extremely).

State Self-Esteem Scale (Heatherton, English)

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