Monday, November 23, 2020

Lifespan Self-Esteem Scale


The Lifespan Self-Esteem Scale is a 4-item measure of self-esteem. The items are rated on a 5-point scale.

Self-esteem is a dimension of self-concept. Self-esteem is the value people place on themselves. We learn our value in various social contexts. Self-esteem is also related to the dimension of self-concept called self-efficacy.


The items are presented with pictures of faces representing five different responses. (1 = really sad, 2 = sad, 3 = neutral, 4 = happy, 5 = really happy). The response options are also illustrated with faces depicting the appropriate feeling (really sad = crying face, sad = slight frown, neutral = flat mouth, happy = slight smile, really happy = open-mouthed smile).

Sample item

1. How do you feel about yourself?


See the SELF Lab at UC-Davis for a copy (Word and PDF) of the scale and research identifying its psychometric properties:

There is also a manual for use in administering the scale to young children and people with limited literacy.

Contacts: “Please email Michelle Harris at or Kali Trzesniewski at if you have any questions about the scale. Thank you for your interest!”

Related Scales

Academic Self-Efficacy Scale

Academic Self-Efficacy Scale – For Students

New General Self-Efficacy Scale

Personal Self-Concept Questionnaire

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Harris, Michelle A., Donnellan, M. Brent, & Trzesniewski, Kali H. (2018). The Lifespan Self-Esteem Scale: Initial validation of a new measure of global self-esteem. Journal of Personality Assessment, 100(1), 84-95. doi:

Harris, M. A., Donnellan, M. B., & Trzesniewski, K. H. (2018). Lifespan Self-Esteem Scale [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi:

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