Evaluation tool


of the Student’s Self-Esteem Inventory

The Security Subscale measures a student’s level of anxiety, fear, and distress as well as his or her ability to cope with the routine stresses experienced at school.

The Identity Subscale assesses a student’s feelings about his or her academic strengths and weaknesses, as well as feelings about the student-teacher relationship.

The Belonging Subscale measures a student’s sense of belonging to social groups (i.e., the amount and quality of friendships and social support).

The Purpose Subscale examines the student’s sense of direction and self- expectations for academic performance.

The Competence Subscale reveals a student’s sense of internal control over what happens at school.

The Composite Self-Esteem Score combines the subscale scores into a single index of academic self-esteem.


The Student S/E Inventory may be used for:

1. identifying levels of academic self-esteem;

2. identifying areas of weakness and strength in the components of academic self-esteem;

3. prescribing self-esteem activities to enhance affective and motivational growth;

4. grouping students according to common levels of need in self- esteem development;

5. evaluating school programs that are designed to modify student attitudes and improve self-esteem;

6. identifying those “at risk” students who report low academic self- esteem;

7. stimulating parental and teacher discussion of the motivational aspects of student self-image.