Preschoolers' inferred self-esteem: the Behavioral Rating Scale of presented self-esteem in young children

J Genet Psychol. 1996 Jun;157(2):204-10. doi: 10.1080/00221325.1996.9914858.


Teachers of 94 preschoolers (in Head Start and university-based programs) assessed the children's inferred self-esteem using the Behavioral Rating Scale of Presented Self-Esteem in Young Children. The instrument was found to have excellent internal consistency. Factor analysis yielded a two-factor solution: approach confidence and social-emotional expression. There were no significant program differences in inferred self-esteem, but girls scored significantly higher than boys. Implications for learning opportunities in the preschool years are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Child Behavior*
  • Child, Preschool*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality Assessment
  • Self Concept*
  • Sex Factors