Development of the Behaviorally-Oriented Self-esteem Scale (BOSE) for adolescents

Nancy Baird, Pace University

Abstract

Self-esteem is a widely-studied construct that has been correlated to numerous achievements throughout the life-cycle. A search of the literature, however, revealed several problems in identifying and measuring this construct.^ The current project produced a behaviorally-oriented, multidimensional scale to measure self-esteem in adolescents. The BOSE was developed after the search of the literature indicated that the inclusion of a behavioral indicator of self-esteem was essential to an accurate measurement of the construct. It includes items that are positively correlated with attributional style and another overall self-concept scale and items that are negatively correlated with depression.^ The BOSE is easy to administer and score and should prove to be a useful tool both in clinical settings as well as in schools to help identify adolescents at-risk and to chart progress of interventions.^ Further research should be directed at the BOSE's potential use with pre-adolescents. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Behavioral|Education, Guidance and Counseling|Psychology, Developmental|Psychology, Psychometrics

Recommended Citation

Nancy Baird, "Development of the Behaviorally-Oriented Self-esteem Scale (BOSE) for adolescents" (January 1, 1996). ETD Collection for Pace University. Paper AAI9627192.
http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/dissertations/AAI9627192

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