Testing a new indirect measure of general self-worth: The Self-esteem Questionnaire-based Implicit Association Test

Iftah Yovel*, Gidi Aviram, Noga Kahana, Benjamin A. Katz

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The self-esteem Questionnaire-based Implicit Association Test (SE-qIAT) provides an indirect assessment of general self-worth that is based on the items of the well-validated Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES), and the structure of this variant of the IAT enables a clearer interpretation, compared with the conventional self-esteem IAT. Study 1 (N = 224) provided support for the internal consistency, test–retest reliability, and implicit–explicit convergent validity of the SE-qIAT. In Study 2 (N = 305), the correlation of the SE-qIAT with the explicit RSES was replicated, and it was larger than the correlations of the SE-qIAT with other self-reports. As to criterion validity, the SE-qIAT moderated the effect of a mild social threat (being excluded in the Cyberball game) on participants’ performance in a subsequent anagram task, and this effect was incremental to the explicit self-esteem assessment. In Study 3 (N = 334), the SE-qIAT correlated positively with the self-esteem IAT and negatively with a measure of depression. The two implicit tasks correlated uniquely with each other, above and beyond the variance they each shared with the explicit RSES. Taken together, these findings provide initial support for the reliability and validity of the SE-qIAT.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)100-120
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Ruti Mayo, Tali Kleiman, and Yarden Weis for their helpful comments. This research was supported by the Israeli Science Foundation Grant 886/18 to Iftah Yovel.

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