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Avaliação Psicológica

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MARRONE, Daniela Bergesch D'Incao; SOUZA, Luciana Karine de  and  HUTZ, Claudio Simon. The Use of Psychological Scales to Assess Self-Esteem. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.18, n.3, pp. 229-238. ISSN 1677-0471.

Self-esteem has been widely investigated in research. Two studies were performed to identify the use of self-esteem scales in scientific publications. The first study analyzed papers published in four traditional journals in the field of psychological assessment in Brazil. The most used scale was the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES), cited by 68% of the papers. In addition, assessment of global self-esteem predominated. The second study assessed publications available in the Portal de Periódicos CAPES/MEC database. There was an increase in publications citing self-esteem scales during the 1990's; the RSES was again the most cited (64%). We highlight the relevance of exploring different assessment instruments, including different domains and situations that directly influence self-esteem levels. More importantly, we detected a remarkable absence of information on the psychometric properties of the scales used.

Keywords : scale; self-esteem; assessment.

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