Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale

The Rosenberg self-esteem scale, named after M. Rosenberg, is a widely-used self-esteem measure in social science research. The scale is a ten-item Likert scale with items answered on a four-point scale — from strongly agree to strongly disagree. The original sample for which the scale was developed consisted of 5,024 high school juniors and seniors from 10 randomly selected schools in New York state.

To learn more about the scale, click here.

For the following 10 questions, select the answer you feel is most accurate. An interpretation of your results can be found at the very bottom of this page.

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

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

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