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The Multidimensional Self-Esteem Inventory

Edward J. O'Brien, PhD, and Seymour Epstein, PhD

Measures global self-esteem and its eight components
Paper and pencil
Age range:
18 years to 65 years
15-30 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The MSEI, based on a coherent model of self-concept and self-esteem, measures global self-esteem and its eight components: competence, lovability, likability, personal power, self-control, moral self-approval, body appearance, and body functioning.

Two unique scales, one easy-to-use rating form

  • Identity Integration scale measures global self-concept.
  • Defensive Self-Enhancement scale differentiates between “truly high” and “defensively high” self-esteem.
  • The two-part carbonless rating form enables you to quickly score results.
  • Normed on 785 college students, the MSEI features scales that have good internal consistency reliability coefficients.