Further validation of the short self-esteem scale with sexual offenders
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2007 The British Psychological Society
Legal and Criminological Psychology
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 207–216, September 2007
How to Cite
Webster, S. D., Mann, R. E., Thornton, D. and Wakeling, H. C. (2007), Further validation of the short self-esteem scale with sexual offenders. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 12: 207–216. doi: 10.1348/135532506X114347
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Received 25 November 2005; revised version received 31 March 2006
Objective. This research was designed to validate a brief measure of self-esteem in sexual offenders: the Short Self-Esteem Scale (SSES).
Method. The SSES was administered to 1,376 adult males serving a prison sentence for a sexual offence, and 40 non-offending males.
Results. The internal consistency and test–retest reliability of the measure were excellent. The measure was able to discriminate between different types of sexual offender, and between sexual offenders with differing levels of static risk. The instrument's sensitivity to sexual offender treatment intervention was also demonstrated.
Conclusions. The SSES is a useful screening tool for self-esteem deficits in sexual offenders. However it cannot identify problematic high self-esteem and it does not differentiate between types or domains of self-esteem.