Global Self Worth

This subscale is derived from the Self Perception Profile for Young Children (Harter‚ 1985).
Check only ONE box for each question. For each question‚ decide first which statement is most like you. Then put an X in one of the answer boxes next to that statement. It should look like the sample item below.
for Me
Sort of
for Me
Some kids would rather play outdoors in their spare time.
Other kids would rather watch T.V
Sort of
for MeX
for Me
Now continue…….
1. Some kids are often unhappy with themselves. BUT Other kids are pretty pleased with themselves.
2. Some kids don’t like the way they are leading their life. BUT Other kids do like the way they are leading their life.
3. Some kids are happy with themselves as a person. BUT Other kids are often not happy with themselves.
4. Some kids like the kind of person they are. BUT Other kids often wish they were someone else.
5. Some kids are very happy being the way they are. BUT Other kids wish they were different.
6. Some kids are not very happy with they way they do a lot of things. BUT Other kids think the way they do things is fine.
  • Self-Perception
This instrument can be found on pages 64-65 of Assessing Outcomes in Child and Youth Programs: A Practical Handbook‚ available online at:
Point values are assigned as follows:
1= Really True for Me
2= Sort of True for Me
3=Sort of True for Me
4= Really True for Me
Reverse coding is necessary. Items 3‚ 4‚ and 5 are reverse coded. Responses are then summed to produce a global self-worth score. The higher score the greater the child’s self-worth.
Permission: Not needed to use this scale although the author requests that this

Harter‚ S. (1985). Self Perception Profile for Children. University of Denver‚ University Park‚

Denver‚ CO 80208‚ Ph: 303 871-2000‚ [email protected].