Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
The domain of self-esteem testing has often been thought to suffer from problems concerning demand characteristics. High face validity of many common tests of self-esteem, such as the Rosenberg (1965) Self-Esteem Scale, may influence responding of test takers, such that they respond in a socially desirable way. The current study investigated the effects of inserting "neutral" intervening items between items of the Self-Esteem Scale, creating a test that is less face valid. No significant effect was discovered concerning the primary hypothesis, though other significant results were found. Explanations and implications of the obtained results are discussed.
Self-esteem - Testing
Snuffer, Douglas Wayne II, "Effects of Intervening Items on Self-Esteem Tests: A Study of Face Validity" (2004). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 882.