Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory Adult Form (CSEI)

The Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory (CSEI) measures attitudes toward self in the context of pre-post evaluation, individual diagnosis, or classroom screening. From the CSEI Manual:

…self-image is the content of a person’s perceptions and opinions about . The positive or negative attitudes and values by which a person views the self-image and the evaluations or judgments he or she makes about it form the person’s self-esteem.

The instrument consists of a brief self-report questionnaire and a school form for ages eight to fifteen years or adult form for ages sixteen and above. There is no time limit, but assessment typically takes fifteen minutes. It is hand scorable.

For more information including normative data, see the CSEI page at Mindgarden and other references below.

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Dissertations Using the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory

Below is a list of dissertations using the CSEI.  The full version of these dissertations can be found on ProQuest.

Goetze, C. M. (1999). The relationships among inner and outer circle membership in nurse managers and leader-member exchange, self-esteem, and mutuality. Adelphi University).


Coopersmith, S. (1967). The antecedents of self-esteem. San Francisco: Freeman. ISBN: 0716709120 DDC: 155.418

Coopersmith, S. (1981). The antecedents of self-esteem. Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press. ISBN: 0891060170 LCC: BF723. To Purchase

Roberson, T. G. (1986). The Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory: A Factor Analytic Study. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 46(1), 269-273. DOI: 10.1177/0013164486461033.

Johnson, B. W., Redfield, D. L., Miller, R. L. & Simpson, R. E. (1983). The Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory: A Construct Validation Study. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 43(3), 907-913. DOI: 10.1177/001316448304300332.