The State of Measurement of Self-Esteem of African American Women

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This article critically reviews the state of measurement of self-esteem in African American women. The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale, and the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory are three commonly used measures. However, their validity for African American women has not been adequately tested. Given the unique nature of the self-esteem of this group, related to experiences of racism and sexism, the accurate measurement of this construct is important. This review provided support for the internal consistency of each measure with alpha coefficients ranging from.74 to.87. However, the validity of the measures was not fully supported. Suggestions for further research specific to the unique needs of this population are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-232
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • African American women
  • Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale
  • measurement
  • self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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