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Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventories
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(SEI) Purchasing Information Critique Category: Personality Purpose: "Designed to measure evaluative attitudes toward the self in social, academic, family, and personal areas of experience. Two Forms: School and Adult Adult and School Form Manual: $40 Both School and Adult Forms:
$100 for 50 administrations,
$110 for 100 administrations,
$135 for 150 administrations, etc. Price Range: $100- $360 www.mindgarden.com The School Form is a 50-item inventory to be used for 8- to 15-year-old children. It may be broken into four subscales pertaining to different self-esteem domains: peers, parents, school, and personal interests. The School Form is accompanied by an 8-item Lie Scale to assess defensiveness. Takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. A School Short Form made up of 25 items is also available. SEI Adult Form The Adult Form is an adaptation of the School Short Form for individuals over the age of 15. It is made up of 25 items. Validity Reliability Mental Measurements
Yearbook Review Pros and Cons In sum, we find the Coopersmith self-esteem measures to possess enough reliability and validity to recommend their use in research. These questionnaires share some problems in common with most measures of self-esteem and self-concept. Additionally, there is reason to be careful about the clinical use of these questionnaires. Differential validity of the subscales needs to be established, guidelines for use of the Lie Scale need to be provided, and the cutoff values contained in the manual need to be justified.
- Peterson and Austin The SEI is a Level B Assessment Reliability data based on anumber of studies are impressive. Internal consistency data range from .87 to .92 for grades 4-8 According to Sewell, the evidence for validity is not convincing. In specific areas where valididty needs to be documented, one is forced to accept the summarized conclusions of studies attesting to the validdity of the SEI without the benefit of actual quantitative information. The predictive validity is also questionable. The lie scale is the best predictor of reading achievement. The format of the test is attractively presented and the general directions for administration and scoring are straightforward and uncomplicated. The theoretical rationale and purposes of the SEI are based on sound reasoning and are succinctly and logically presented. However, the justification for an instructional program is not clearly demonstrated. The notion that "self-esteem is significantly associated with personal satisfaction and effective functioning" does not seem sufficient to promote a classroom program without strong empirical support. Furthermore, the general technical quality of the scale constitutes a fundamental weakness in that acceptable reliability and validity standards cannot be inferred from the diverse samples utilized. The interpretation of the SEI for clinical use would be difficult for even the most sophisticated clinician. The recommendation that behavioral ratings be administered along with the SEI is an excellent one. However, the manual also points out the lack of a significant relationship between any of several self-concept scales and behavioral observational ratings. Perhaps the need for supplementary measures to enhance the clinical value of the SEI reflects the uncertainty and inadequacy of the norm structure of the scale.- Sewell
•Most widely known and used self-esteem measure.
•Brief and straightforward items.
•Easy to score.
•Reliable and stable. PROS CONS •Researchers can’t agree on how to define self-esteem.
•School Form has subscales while “self-esteem” is defined unidimensionally.
•Personal standards of evaluation are assumed, however, some items ask for other people’s perceptions.
•Not enough evidence that there is one way to measure self-esteem.
•Provided norms could be based on defined samples. There is doubt the norms are sufficient for clinical use.•SEI users are encouraged to supplement scores with additional observations and information, but there are no clear guidelines provided.•No detailed instructions are provided about how to use the Lie Scale.•Affordable, easy to score, brief, and easy to understand.