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Adaptation, Validation, Reliability and Factorial Equivalence of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale in Colombian and Spanish Population

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 October 2016

Mayra Gómez-Lugo
Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz (Colombia)
José P. Espada
Universidad Miguel Hernandez (Spain)
Alexandra Morales
Universidad Miguel Hernandez (Spain)
Laurent Marchal-Bertrand
Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz (Colombia)
Franklin Soler
Universidad del Rosario (Colombia)
Pablo Vallejo-Medina*
Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz (Colombia)
*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Pablo Vallejo-Medina. Phone: +57–31851649. E-mail:


The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale is the most widely used instrument to assess self-esteem. In light of the absence of adaptations in Colombia, this study seeks to validate and adapt this scale in the Colombian population, and perform factorial equivalence with the Spanish version. A total of 1,139 seniors (633 Colombians and 506 Spaniards) were evaluated; the individuals answered the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and sexual self-esteem scale. The average score of the items was similar to the questionnaire’s theoretical average, and standard deviations were close to one. The psychometric properties of the items are generally adequate with alphas of .83 and .86 and significant (CI = .95) and correlations with the sexual self-esteem scale ranging from .31 and .41. Factorial equivalence was confirmed by means of a structural equation model (CFI = .912 and RMSEA = .079), thus showing a strong level of invariance.

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Copyright © Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid 2016 

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