Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale


The Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale, conceived by: Rosenburg, Morris Dr. to evaluate a persons self esteem, uses a ten item Likert scale.

Each question is answered according to a four point scale, going from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Originally this scale was developed from a sample of 5,024 school students, randomly selected from 10 schools in New York State.

Citation: Rosenberg, Morris. 1989. Society and the Adolescent Self-Image. Revised edition. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

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Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree
1. I feel that I am a person of worth, at least on an equal plane with others.
2. I feel that I have a number of good qualities..
3. All in all, I am inclined to feel that I am 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 toward 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 times.
10. At times I think I am no good at all.


Your score on the Rosenberg self esteem scale is: .

Scores are calculated as follows:

  • For items 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7:
    Strongly agree = 3
    Agree = 2
    Disagree = 1
    Strongly disagree = 0
  • For items 3, 5, 8, 9, and 10 (which are reversed in valence):
    Strongly agree = 0
    Agree = 1
    Disagree = 2
    Strongly disagree = 3

On the rosenberg self esteem scale, the scale ranges from 0-30. Scores between 15 and 25 are within normal range; scores below 15 suggest low self-esteem.

Multiple studies have been conducted to investigate the validity and reliability of the RSE. Their results are summarized here in this PDF file.

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