I Like Myself, I Really Do (at Least Right Now) Development and Validation of a Brief and Revised (German-Language) Version of the State Self-Esteem Scale

Faculty/Professorship: Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment  
Author(s): Rudolph, Almut; Schröder-Abé, Michela; Schütz, Astrid  
Title of the Journal: European journal of psychological assessment : official organ of the European Association of Psychological Assessment
ISSN: 1015-5759
Publisher Information: Göttingen ; Cambridge, Mass. : Hogrefe
Year of publication: 2018
Issue: Onlineveröffentlichung: Dezember 19, 2018
Pages: Online-Ressource
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000501
In five studies, we evaluated the psychometric properties of a revised German version of the State Self-Esteem Scale (SSES; Heatherton & Polivy, 1991). In Study 1, the results of a confirmatory factor analysis on the original scale revealed poor model fit and poor construct validity in a student sample that resembled those in the literature; thus, a revised 15-item version was developed (i.e., the SSES-R) and thoroughly validated. Study 2 showed a valid three-factor structure (Performance, Social, and Appearance) and good internal consistency of the SSES-R. Correlations between subscales of trait and state SE empirically supported the scale’s construct validity. Temporal stability and intrapersonal sensitivity of the scale to naturally occurring events were investigated in Study 3. Intrapersonal sensitivity of the scale to experimentally induced changes in state SE was uncovered in Study 4 via social feedback (acceptance vs. rejection) and performance feedback (positive vs. negative). In Study 5, the scale’s interpersonal sensitivity was confirmed by comparing depressed and healthy individuals. Finally, the usefulness of the SSES-R was demonstrated by assessing SE instability as calculated from repeated measures of state SE.
Keywords: self-esteem, validation, psychometric properties, state
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/45709
Year of publication: 24. June 2019