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Dimensionality and construct validity of the Rosenberg self-esteem scale within a sample of recidivistic prisoners

Boduszek, Daniel, Shevlin, Mark, Mallett, John, Hyland, Philip and O'Kane, Damian (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

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Abstract

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.

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.

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.

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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 29 May 2014 16:29
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 16:29
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1410

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