Personality traits

Self-esteem


LASA027
LASA227

Contact: Hannie Comijs

Background
Self-esteem reflects a person's overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own worth.
It is generally considered as an enduring personality characteristic, although normal, short-term variations occur. Self-esteem can apply to a specific dimension (for example, "I believe I am a good bridge player, and feel proud of that") or have global extent (for example, " On the whole, I am satisfied with myself"). In LASA global self-esteem is included.

Measurement instrument in LASA
Self-esteem is measured by an adapted version of Rosenberg Self-esteem scale (Rosenberg 1965), which consisted of 10 items, with categories ranging from 1=strongly agree to 5=strongly disagree. In LASA 4 items are included. The scale score is the sum of the ratings, with a range from 4 to 20 such that a higher rating indicates more self-esteem. Self-esteem is part of the main interview.

Questionnaires
LASAB027 / LASAC027 / LASAD027 / LASAE027 / LAS2B027 / LASAF027 / LASAG027 / LASAH027 / LAS3B027 / LASAI027 (main interview: in Dutch)

Variable information (also includes documentation on Mastery)
LASAB027 / LASAC027 / LASAD027 / LASAE027 / LAS2B027 / LASAF027 / LASAG027 / LASAH027 / LAS3B027 / LASAI027;
LASAC227 / LASAD227 / LASAE227 / LAS2B227 / LASAF227 / LASAG227 / LASAH227 / LAS3B027 / LASAI027 (constructed variables)
(pdf)


Availability of information per wave1:

 

B

C

D

E


2B*

F

G

H



3B*

MB*

I*

Self-esteem: first item only

Ma

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-
Self-esteem: all 4 items -
Ma
Ma
Ma
Ma
Ma
Ma
Ma
Ma
 -
Ma

1 More information is available on:
http://www.lasa-vu.nl/data/lasa/sampleLASAdatacollection.html

*  2B=baseline second cohort;
    3B=baseline third cohort;
    MB=migrants: baseline first cohort (Under Construction);
    I=Under Construction

Ma=data collected in main interview

Previous use within LASA
Within LASA different self-esteem has been examined in relation with deteriorating health and well-being (Jonker et al. 2008; 2009; vd Kamp et al 2008), and in relation to mastery (Schuijt & Deeg, 2006).

References

  1. Jonker AA, Comijs HC, Knipscheer KCJM, & Deeg DJ. Persistent deterioration of functioning (PDF) and change in well-being in older persons. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research 2008, 20(5):461-8.
  2. Jonker AGC, Comijs HC, Knipscheer CPM, Deeg DJH (2009). The role of coping resources on change in well-being during persistent health decline. Journal of Aging and Health, 21,8, 1063-1082.
  3. Kamp K van de, Braam AW, Deeg DJ. [Shift in the self-perceived health of 55-64-year olds between 1992 and 2002] Tijdschr Gerontol Geriatr. 2008, 39(5):182-92. Dutch.
  4. Rosenberg M. Society and the adolescent self-image. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1965.
  5. Schuijt-Lucassen NY, Deeg DJ. [Predicting loss of mastery in older adults]Tijdschr Gerontol Geriatr. 2006;37(6):243-53. Dutch.