The Contingencies of Self-Worth Scale (CSWS) is a 35-item measure that assesses 7 sources of self-esteem among college students: academics, appearance, approval from others, competition, family support, God’s love and virtue.
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
1.I don’t care what other people think of me.
2.What others think of me has no effect on what I think about myself.
3.I don’t care if other people have a negative opinion about me.
4.My self-esteem depends on the opinions others hold of me.
5.I can’t respect myself if others don’t respect me.
6.My self-esteem does not depend on whether or not I feel attractive.
7.My self-esteem is influenced by how attractive I think my face or facial features are.
8.My sense of self-worth suffers whenever I think I don’t look good.
9.My self-esteem is unrelated to how I feel about the way my body looks.
10.When I think I look attractive, I feel good about myself.
11.Doing better than others gives me a sense of self-respect.
12.Knowing that I am better than others on a task raises my self-esteem.
13.My self-worth is affected by how well I do when I am competing with others.
14.My self-worth is influenced by how well I do on competitive tasks.
15.I feel worthwhile when I perform better than others on a task or skill.
16.My self-esteem is influenced by my academic performance.
17.I feel better about myself when I know I’m doing well academically.
18.Doing well in school gives me a sense of self-respect.
19.I feel bad about myself whenever my academic performance is lacking.
20.My opinion about myself isn’t tied to how well I do in school.
21.It is important to my self-respect that I have a family that cares about me.
22.When my family members are proud of me, my sense of self-worth increases.
23.Knowing that my family members love me makes me feel good about myself.
24.When I don’t feel loved by my family, my self-esteem goes down.
25.My self-worth is not influenced by the quality of my relationships with my family members.
26.My self-esteem depends on whether or not I follow my moralethical principles.
27.My self-esteem would suffer if I did something unethical.
28.I couldn’t respect myself if I didn’t live up to a moral code.
29.Whenever I follow my moral principles, my sense of self-respect gets a boost.
30.Doing something I know is wrong makes me lose my self-respect.
31.My self-esteem goes up when I feel that God loves me.’
32.I feel worthwhile when I have God’s love.
33.My self-esteem would suffer if I didn’t have God’s love.
34.My self-worth is based on God’s love.
35.When I think that I’m disobeying God, I feel bad about myself.
1 (Strongly Disagree) to 7 (Strongly Agree), with the midpoint, 4, labeled ‘Neutral’.
Total scores can be calculated by averaging the scores for all items.
Crocker, J., Luhtanen, R. K., Cooper, M. L., & Bouvrette, A. (2003). Contingencies of self-worth in college students: theory and measurement. Journal of personality and social psychology, 85(5), 894.
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