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Culture Free Self-Esteem Inventories, Third Edition

James Battle, PhD

Assesses level of self-esteem in students
Paper and pencil
Age range:
6 years to 18 years, 11 months
15–20 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 revised CFSEI-3 is a set of self-report inventories used to determine the level of self-esteem in students ages 6-18.11 years. It can be used to identify children and adolescents in need of psychological assistance due to self-esteem problems, assess therapeutic progress, and evaluate post-therapy effects.

Features and benefits

  • Includes three age-appropriate forms: Primary (ages 6-8 years), Intermediate (ages 9-12 years), and Adolescent (ages 13-18 years). All three forms of the inventory provide a Global Self-Esteem Quotient (GSEQ). The Intermediate and Adolescent Forms provide self-esteem scores in four areas: Academic, General, Parental/Home, and Social. The Adolescent Form provides an additional self-esteem score: Personal Self-Esteem. A defensive measure also is provided to assess the extent to which an individual's responses are guarded.
  • Easy to administer and score. It can be administered to individuals or groups in 15-20 minutes. Responses (simple yes-or-no answers) can be either written or spoken. Newly designed Profile/Scoring Forms are easy to use.
  • Standardized on a sample of 1,727 individuals from 17 states; the normative group was stratified on the basis of geographic region, gender, race, rural or urban residence, ethnicity, family income, parent education, and disability.
  • Highly reliable (average internal consistency coefficients range from .81 to .93; time sampling coefficients range from .72 to .98). Correlates strongly with other measures of self-esteem and self-concept.
  • Assesses self-esteem in a culturally fair manner. (A full chapter in the CFSEI-3 Manual is devoted to the test's bias.)