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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Abstract

Purpose
– 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.

Design/methodology/approach
– 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.

Findings
– 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.

Originality/value
– 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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages19-25
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Criminal Psychology
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Boduszek, Daniel ; Shevlin, Mark ; Mallett, John ; Hyland, Philip ; O'Kane, Damian. / Dimensionality and construct validity of the Rosenberg self‐esteem scale within a sample of recidivistic prisoners. In: Journal of Criminal Psychology. 2012 ; Vol. 2, No. 1. pp. 19-25.
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Dimensionality and construct validity of the Rosenberg self‐esteem scale within a sample of recidivistic prisoners. / Boduszek, Daniel; Shevlin, Mark; Mallett, John; Hyland, Philip; O'Kane, Damian.

In: Journal of Criminal Psychology, Vol. 2, No. 1, 16.03.2012, p. 19-25.

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