Date of Award


Degree Name

School Psychology


Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Elizabeth Kelley Rhoades

Second Advisor

Beverly A. Farrow

Third Advisor

Peter Prewett


This research was designed to assess the reliability of a new measure of children’s self-esteem. The Piers-Harris Children’s Self-Concept Scale Second Edition, Piers-Harris 2, is a self-report assessment. The study analyzed the split-half reliability of the Piers- Harris 2 using 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from a rural middle school in Ohio. The results of the split-half reliability analysis using the Pier-Harris 2 were inconsistent with the split-half reliability of the Piers-Harris first edition and alpha reliability coefficient of the Piers-Harris 2. The split-half reliability of the Piers-Harris 2 was at the 0.52 level whereas other reports were at the 0.91 level for reliability. The six domain scores were then analyzed to assess individual differences within the domains. The domains reported a higher level of reliability between 0.41 to 0.80 with the exception of the Popularity domain with a reliability of -0.2388. It was expected that the reliability of the domain scores would be smaller than the overall reliability and the negative reliability within one domain decreased the overall reliability score.


Self-esteem in children.