Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE)

General Information on the Measure
Purpose of the measure

The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE) measures self-esteem and was developed for use with high school students.

Main constructs measured

Intrapersonal competencies

Applicable grade levels

High school

Publication year for the most recent version

1979

Year originally developed

1965

Related measures
Measure Administration
Respondent

Student

Method of administration

Paper/Pencil

Number of items

10

Item format

Four-point Likert-type scale

Administration time

No information is available in the references reviewed.

Available languages

English

Fee for use Free and publicly available
Credentials required for administration

None

Scoring
Overall score reporting

The overall self-esteem score is reported.

Subscore reporting

No subscores are reported.

Scoring procedures

The measure is self-scored.

Interpretive information

No information is available in the references reviewed.

Evidence of Technical Quality
Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected

Evidence was collected from undergraduate students in introductory psychology classes (N=1,234) (Gray-Little et al, 1997).

Reliability evidence

Internal consistency (Guttman coefficient) of 0.92. Test-retest reliability (two-week interval) ranged between 0.85 and 0.88 (Rosenberg, 1979).

Validity evidence
Evidence based on content
No information is available in the references reviewed.
Evidence based on response processes
No information is available in the references reviewed.
Evidence based on internal structure
IRT analysis supported a unidimensional structure (Gray-Little et al, 1997).
Evidence based on relations with other variables
RSE scores correlated in the predicted direction with measures of depression and anxiety (Rosenberg, 1979).
Locating the Measure
Obtaining a copy of the measure fetzer.org
References

Rosenberg, M. "Society and the adolescent self-image," Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1965.

Gray-Little, B., Williams, V.S.L., & Hancock, T. D. "An item response theory analysis of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale," Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 1997, pp. 443–451.

Notes

Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.