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Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale

A standard test and scale used to measure self-esteem. Rate each statement based on how much you agree.

1 = Strongly Disagree; 2 = Disagree; 3 = Neutral; 4= Agree; 5 = Strongly Agree

__ 1. I feel that I’m a person of worth, at least on an equal basis with others

__ 2. I feel that I have a number of good qualities

__ 3. All in all, I am inclined to think I’m a failure

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

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

__ 6. I take a positive attitude towards myself

__ 7. On the whole, I am satisfied with myself

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

__ 9. I certainly feel useless at time

__ 10. At times I think I’m no good at all

a. For items 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, reverse the score (i.e., 1 = 5, 2 = 4, 3 = 3, 4 = 2, 5 = 1)

b. Add up the numbers to get a total score.

Low self esteem is defined as 'below average'. Therefore, high self esteem is 'above average'. For college and university students, the average score is 38, with most students falling between 35-42.

Those with high self-esteem have an unusally positive self image. Most people with low self-esteem do not have a negative, but rather a neutral self-image.

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