Contingencies of Self-Worth Scale (CSWS)

1.    When I think I look attractive‚ I feel good about myself.
2.    My self-worth is based on God’s love.
3.    I feel worthwhile when I perform better than others on a task or skill.
4.    My self-esteem is unrelated to how I feel about the way my body looks.
5.    Doing something I know is wrong makes me lose my self-respect.
6.    I don’t care if other people have a negative opinion about me.
7.    Knowing that my family members love me makes me feel good about myself.
8.    I feel worthwhile when I have God’s love.
9.    I can’t respect myself if others don’t respect me.
10.My self-worth is not influenced by the quality of my relationships with my family members.
11.Whenever I follow my moral principles‚ my sense of self-respect gets a boost.
12.Knowing that I am better than others on a task raises my self-esteem.
13.My opinion about myself isn’t tied to how well I do in school.
14.I couldn’t respect myself if I didn’t live up to a moral code.
15.I don’t care what other people think of me.
16.When my family members are proud of me‚ my sense of self-worth increases.
17.My self-esteem is influenced by how attractive I think my face or facial features are.
18.My self-esteem would suffer if I didn’t have God’s love.
19.Doing well in school gives me a sense of self-respect.
20.Doing better than others gives me a sense of self-respect.
21.My sense of self-worth suffers whenever I think I don’t look good.
22.I feel better about myself when I know I’m doing well academically.
23.What others think of me has no effect on what I think about myself.
24.When I don’t feel loved by my family‚ my self-esteem goes down.
25.My self-worth is affected by how well I do when I am competing with others.
26.My self-esteem goes up when I feel that God loves me.
27.My self-esteem is influenced by my academic performance.
28.My self-esteem would suffer if I did something unethical.
29.It is important to my self-respect that I have a family that cares about me.
30.My self-esteem does not depend on whether or not I feel attractive.
31.When I think that I’m disobeying God‚ I feel bad about myself.
32.My self-worth is influenced by how well I do on competitive tasks.
33.I feel bad about myself whenever my academic performance is lacking.
34.My self-esteem depends on whether or not I follow my moral/ethical principles.
35.My self-esteem depends on the opinions others hold of me.
 
Family Support: (alpha 0.84); Competition: (alpha 0.87); Appearance: (alpha 0.83); God’s Love: (alpha 0.96)‚ Academic Competence: (alpha 0.82); Virtue: (alpha 0.83); Approval from Others: (alpha 0.82)
 
1=Strongly Disagree‚ 2=Disagree‚ 3=Disagree Somewhat‚ 4= Neutral‚ 5=Agree Somewhat‚ 6=Agree‚ and 7=Strongly Agree
Item is reverse-scored: 4‚ 6‚ 10‚ 13‚ 15‚ 23‚ and 30
Family Support: items 7‚ 10‚ 16‚ 24‚ and 29.
Competition: items 3‚ 12‚ 20‚ 25‚ and 32.
Appearance: items 1‚ 4‚ 17‚ 21‚ and 30.
God’s Love: items 2‚ 8‚ 18‚ 26‚ and 31.
Academic Competence: items 13‚ 19‚ 22‚ 27‚ and 33.
Virtue: items 5‚ 11‚ 14‚ 28‚ and 34.
Approval from Others: items: 6‚ 9‚ 15‚ 23‚ and 35.
 
 

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