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Patterns of extreme responses to items in self-esteem scales: Does conceptualisation and item content matter?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)In: Personality and Individual Differences, ISSN 0191-8869, E-ISSN 1873-3549, Vol. 55, no 5, 622-625 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Self-esteem (SE) scales are particularly susceptible for various response-sets. Systematic response alterations, often mirroring self-presentational item characteristics, can be triggered differentially depending on the content of items in a scale. The present study examined extreme responding to items in the global SE scale (Rosenberg, 1965) and the basic SE scale (Forsman & Johnson, 1996). The results showed that global SE scores were determined to a higher extent by extreme responses, in particular rejecting negative item content, than basic self-esteem scores. The implications of self-presentation contra self-esteem for an asymmetry in response patterns between the two scales are discussed.

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2013. Vol. 55, no 5, 622-625 p.
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Extreme response, Self-esteem, Self-presentation, Validity
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Social Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94582DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.04.012ISI: 000322410500031OAI: diva2:654985


Available from: 2013-10-09 Created: 2013-10-07 Last updated: 2013-10-09Bibliographically approved

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