Harvard Mental Health Letter

Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale

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

1.
STRONGLY
AGREE

2

AGREE

3.

DISAGREE

4.
STRONGLY
DISAGREE

1.

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

SA

A

D

SD

2.

I feel that I have a number of good qualities.

SA

A

D

SD

3.

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

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 take a positive attitude toward myself.

SA

A

D

SD

7.

On the whole, I am satisfied with myself.

SA

A

D

SD

8.

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

SA

A

D

SD

9.

I certainly feel useless at times.**

SA

A

D

SD

10.

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

SA

A

D

SD

Score as follows:

  • For items 1, 2, 4, 6, 7: Strongly Agree = 3, Agree = 2, Disagree = 1, and Strongly Disagree = 0.

  • For items 3, 5, 8, 9, 10: Strongly Agree = 0, Agree = 1, Disagree = 2, and Strongly Disagree = 3.

The highest possible total is 30. Although the average varies in different samples, it is usually close to 20.

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