Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (RSE)

General information


The Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (RSE) is a measure of self-esteem. It consists of a 10-item scale that measures global self-worth by measuring both positive and negative feelings about the self. The scale is believed to be uni-dimensional. All items are answered using a 4-point Likert scale format ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree


Below is a list of statements dealing with your general feelings about yourself. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each statement.

1. On the whole, I am satisfied with myself.
2. At times I think I am no good at all.
3. I feel that I have a number of good qualities.
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 certainly feel useless at times.
7. I feel that I’m a person of worth, at least on an equal plane with others.
8. I wish I could have more respect for myself.
9. All in all, I am inclined to feel that I am a failure.
10. I take a positive attitude toward myself.

Strongly Agree
Strongly Disagree


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

Validation details

Gnambs, T., & Schroeders, U. (2017). Cognitive abilities explain wording effects in the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Assessment. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1073191117746503




Cost / Terms of Use

Free (No permission required)

Instructions and Scoring

Available from source


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