The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale is perhaps the most widely-used self-esteem measure in social science research. Dr. Rosenberg was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland from 1975 until his death in 1992. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1953, and held a variety of positions, including at Cornell University and the National Institute of Mental Health, prior to coming to Maryland. Dr. Rosenberg is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, and his work on the self-concept, particularly the dimension of self-esteem, is world-renowned.

The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale is now in the public domain, meaning you may use it without charge and without notifying the Sociology Department. This permission extends to making translations or adaptations as you see fit, consistent with traditional scholarly attribution practices. The department does not maintain any information on the scale beyond what is linked below, and cannot advise on its use.  

Self Esteem: What Is it?

Rosenberg Scale FAQ

Using the Self Esteem Scale


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