Boduszek, Daniel, Shevlin, Mark, Mallett, John, Hyland, Philip and O’Kane, Damien (2012) Dimensionality and Construct Validity of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale within a Sample of Recidivistic Prisoners. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 2 (1). pp. 19-25. ISSN 2009-3829

Purpose – This study aims to examine the construct validity and factor structure of the Rosenberg self-esteem scale (RSES) using a sample (n=312) of Polish prisoners incarcerated in Nowogard High Security Prison.

Design/methodology/approach – The number of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) models under investigation was limited to two by virtue of employing a much stricter and more rigorously sound methodological procedure in which item errors were prevented from correlating, as suggested by Brown.

Findings – Confirmatory factor analyses indicated that the two-factor (positive and negative self-esteem) model provided a better fit for the RSES items than did the one-factor model.

Originality/value – The results provide some initial support for the two-dimensional model that could possibly be measuring substantively separate factors within a prison sample, thus calling into question the one-factor solution of the RSES.

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