State Self-Esteem Scale

State Self -Esteem Scale
Current Thought
1. I feel confident about my abilities.
2. I am worried about whether I am regarded as a success or failure.
3. I feel satisfied with the way my body looks right now.
4. I feel frustrated or rattled about my performance.
5. I feel that I am ha‎ving trouble understanding things that I read.
6. I feel that others respect and admire me.
1. I am dissatisfied with my weight.
8. I feel self-conscious.
9. I feel as smart as others.
10. I feel displeased with myself.
11. I feel good about myself.
12 I am pleased with my appearance right now.
13. I am worried about what other ha‎vingle think of ha‎ving.
14. I feel confident that I understand things.
15. I feel inferior to others at this moment.
16. I feel unattractive.
17. I feel concerned about the impression I am making-
18. I feel that I have less scholastic ability right now than others.
19. I feel like I’m not doing well
20. I am worried about looking foolish.
This self esteem assessment tries to separate the subject’s “mood” at the moment from more deeply held beliefs about themselves. Qualities of self esteem are divided into Academic Performance‚ Social Evaluation‚ and Appearance.
This tool touches on the following keywords:
·         Self-Esteem/Efficacy
·         School and Academics
·         Personal Attitudes and Beliefs
·         Peer Relationships
Available through the Compendium of Research and Assessment Tools (CART) at:
None noted.
Has been used with college students in previous research‚ but could be applicable for middle and high school students.
Pencil and paper or oral self-report; 20 questions rated on a 5-point Likert scale. Several of the questions require reverse scoring.
There are three self-esteem factors in the State Self-Esteem Scale: Academic performance‚ Social Evaluation and Appearance. Indicated to the right of each item is the item factor and item loading. Each item is scored on a scale from 1-5 with larger numbers indicating higher self-esteem. Items followed by (R) have reversed scoring (that is 1=5‚2;:=4‚3=3. etc)
1 = Not at All
2 = A Little Bit
3 = Somewhat
4 = Very Much
Todd Heatherton
Department of Psychology Harvard University
33 Kirkland St.
Cambridge‚ MA 02138

Heatherton‚ T.F. & Polivy‚ J. (1991). Development and validation of a scale for measuring state self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 60‚ 895-910.