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Component structure, reliability, and stability of Lawrence's Self-Esteem Questionnaire (LAWSEQ)

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Lawrence's Self-Esteem Questionnaire (LAWSEQ) was administered to 120 Year 1 pupils in six schools in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A principal components analysis indicated that the scale items were unidimensional and that the reliability of the scores, as estimated by Cronbach's alpha, was satisfactory (α = .73). There were no differences between boys and girls on either total scores or the individual items comprising the LAWSEQ. A follow-up study, involving 71 of the children in Year 3, confirmed these findings but the stability of the scores between the two occasions (as indicated by Pearson's r) was extremely low.

Keywords: LAWSEQ; primary children; reliability; self-esteem; stability

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: School of Psychology, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Londonderry, UK 2: School of Education, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Londonderry, UK

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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