Dimensionality and construct validity of the Rosenberg self‐esteem scale within a sample of recidivistic prisoners

Daniel Boduszek, Mark Shevlin, John Mallett, Philip Hyland, Damian O'Kane

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– This study aims to examine the construct validity and factor structure of the Rosenberg self‐esteem scale (RSES) using a sample (n=312) of Polish prisoners incarcerated in Nowogard High Security Prison.

– The number of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) models under investigation was limited to two by virtue of employing a much stricter and more rigorously sound methodological procedure in which item errors were prevented from correlating, as suggested by Brown.

– Confirmatory factor analyses indicated that the two‐factor (positive and negative self‐esteem) model provided a better fit for the RSES items than did the one‐factor model.

– The results provide some initial support for the two‐dimensional model that could possibly be measuring substantively separate factors within a prison sample, thus calling into question the one‐factor solution of the RSES.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Criminal Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


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