Can Rosenberg’s (1965) Stability of Self Scale capture within-person self-esteem variability? Meta-analytic validity and test–retest reliability

Gregory D. Webster , C. Veronica Smith , Amy B. Brunell , E. Layne Paddock , John Nezlek


Can Rosenberg’s (1965) Stability of Self Scale (RSSS) capture within-person variability in state self-esteem over time? Whereas prior research found small correlations between the RSSS and temporal self-esteem instability (Kernis, Grannemann, & Barclay, 1989, 1992), we found moderate-to-large correlations. Our meta-analysis of these correlations showed convergent validity, and that studies with time-stamped state self-esteem assessments had higher correlations than those lacking them (Study 1). The RSSS also showed high test–retest reliability (Studies 2 & 3) and high convergent validity with the Labile Self-Esteem Scale (Dykman, 1998; Study 3). Exploratory analyses showed that the RSSS reflects short-term (daily, weekly) fluctuations in state self-esteem, but not long-term (annual) ones. We discuss the RSSS’ efficacy as an efficient state self-esteem instability measure
Author Gregory D. Webster
Gregory D. Webster,,
, C. Veronica Smith
C. Veronica Smith,,
, Amy B. Brunell
Amy B. Brunell,,
, E. Layne Paddock
E. Layne Paddock,,
, John Nezlek (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
John Nezlek,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
Journal seriesJournal of Research in Personality, ISSN 0092-6566, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.65
Keywords in EnglishStability; Instability; Self; Self-esteem; Meta-analysis; Measurement; Within-person variability; Stability of self; Daily diary; Experience sampling; Validity; Reliability
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology; 3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.288; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 2.417 (2) - 2016=2.982 (5)
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