Adolescent Self Esteem: A Multidimensional Perspective


Adolescent self-esteem, perspective, dimensions of self-esteem


The study empirically combines two commonly used measures of adolescent self-esteem, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and a modified version of the Osgood Semantic Differential, with special attention focusing on the degree of association between the two measures. A crucial aspect of the study focused upon ascertaining the degree of association between four suggested independent dimensions of self-esteem derived from the two instruments. In addition, the study utilized sex and generation variables in assessing structural equivalence. A stratified random sample of 184 families with adolescents was taken. Self-report data were gathered from this sample. Factor analysis with varimax rotation and the Cronbach Reliability Coefficient were the statistical procedures employed. The findings of the study suggest two important considerations for self-esteem research and application: first, the results indicate that four valid and reliable dimensions of self-esteem can be derived from the two instruments; and second, the dimensions derived demonstrate structural equivalence.

Original Publication Citation

"Adolescent Self Esteem: A Multidimensional Perspective," Journal of Early Adolescence 1 (3):273-282 (with D.K. Openshaw and B.C. Rollins).

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

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Journal of Early Adolescence




Religious Education

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor