Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory (CSEI)

1.    I spend a lot of time daydreaming.
2.    I’m pretty sure of myself.
3.    I often wish I were someone else.
4.    I’m easy to like.
5.    My family and I have a lot of fun together.
6.    I never worry about anything.
7.    I find it very hard to talk in front of a group.
8.    I wish I were younger.
9.    There are lots of things about myself I’d change if I could.
10.I can make up my mind without too much trouble.
11.I’m a lot of fun to be with.
12.I get upset easily at home.
13.I always do the right thing.
14.I’m proud of my work.
15.Someone always has to tell me what to do.
16.It takes me a long time to get used to anything new.
17.I’m often sorry for the things I do.
18.I’m popular with people my own age.
19.My family usually considers my feelings.
20.I’m never happy.
21.I’m doing the best work that I can.
22.I give in very easily.
23.I can usually take care of myself.
24.I’m pretty happy.
25.I would rather associate with people younger than me.
26.My family expects too much of me.
27.I like everyone I know.
28.I like to be called on when I am in a group.
29.I understand myself.
30.It’s pretty tough to be me.
31.Things are all mixed up in my life.
32.People usually follow my ideas.
33.No one pays much attention to me at home.
34.I never get scolded.
35.I’m not doing as well at work as I’d like to.
36.I can make up my mind and stick to it.
37.I really don’t like being a man/woman.
38.I have a low opinion of myself.
39.I don’t like to be with other people.
40.There are many times when I’d like to leave home.
41.I’m never shy.
42.I often feel upset.
43.I often feel ashamed of myself.
44.I’m not as nice-looking as most people.
45.If I have something to say‚ I usually say it.
46.People pick on me very often.
47.My family understands me.
48.I always tell the truth.
49.My employer or supervisor makes me feel I’m not good enough.
50.I don’t care what happens to me.
51.I’m a failure.
52.I get upset easily when I am scolded.
53.Most people are better liked than I am.
54.I usually feel as if my family is pushing me.
55.I always know what to say to people.
56.I often get discouraged.
57.Things usually don’t bother me.
58.I can’t be depended on.
 
1.    Things don’t usually bother me. (R)
2.    I find it hard to talk in front of a group.
3.    There are lots of things about myself I’d change if I could.
4.    I can make up my mind without too much trouble. (R)
5.    I’m a lot of fun to be with. (R)
6.    I get upset easily at home.
7.    It takes me a long time to get used to anything new.
8.    I’m popular with persons my own age. (R)
9.    My family usually considers my feelings. (R)
10.I usually give in very easily.
11.My family expects too much from me.
12.It’s pretty tough to be me.
13.Things are all mixed up in my life.
14.People usually don’t follow my ideas.
15.I have a low opinion of myself.
16.There are many times when I would like to leave home.
17.I often feel upset with my work.
18.I’m not as nice looking as most people.
19.If I have something to say‚ I usually say it. (R)
20.My family understands me. (R)
21.Most people are better liked than I am.
22.I usually feel as if my family is pushing me.
23.I often get discouraged with what I am doing.
24.I often wish I were someone else.
25.I can’t be depended on.
 
“Like Me”‚ “Unlike Me”
Lie Scale items: 1‚ 6‚ 13‚ 20‚ 27‚ 34‚ 41‚ 48. If a participant answered “like me” for 3 or more of these items‚ it suggests that he or she is trying too hard to present him or herself in a positive light. These participants should not be included in the analyses.
High Self Esteem Items were: “Like Me” on 2‚ 4‚ 5‚ 10‚ 11‚ 14‚ 18‚ 19‚ 21‚ 23‚ 24‚ 28‚ 29‚ 32‚ 36‚ 45‚ 47‚ 55‚ 57
“Unlike Me” on 3‚ 7‚ 8‚ 9‚ 12‚ 15‚ 16‚ 17‚ 22‚ 25‚ 26‚ 30‚ 31‚ 33‚ 35‚ 37‚ 38‚ 39‚ 40‚ 42‚ 43‚ 44‚ 46‚ 49‚ 50‚ 51‚ 52‚ 53‚ 54‚ 56‚ 58
 
 
 
 

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Kokenes‚ B. (1978). A factor analytic study of the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory. Adolescence‚ 13‚ 149-155.