Measuring self-esteem in preschool children

The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the responses (behavior) of preschool children designated as possessing varying levels of self-esteem, to a structured, mildly frustrating experimental task. It was hoped that the investigator would discover three different levels of response (behavior) to the experimental task, corresponding to three levels of self-esteem (high, medium, or low. A secondary purpose was to examine the efficacy of each of the three measures of self-esteem. A third purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of self-esteem in preschool children to such background variables as age, sex, ordinal position, religion and father’s occupation. (See more in text.)