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"How much do you like your name?" An implicit measure of global self-esteem


Gebauer, Jochen E.; Riketta, Michael; Broemer, Philip; Maio, Gregory R.


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Abstract We introduce a single-item implicit measure of global self-esteem. The measure is based on the mere-ownership effect and asks participants to indicate how much they like their name. Six studies attested to the validity of this measure. In addition to showing high test–retest reliability (r = .85), the studies found that Name-Liking was (a) unrelated to impression management, (b) positively related to the Name-Letter-Task, the Self-Esteem IAT, explicit self-esteem measures, and self-reported subjective well-being, (c) more strongly related to explicit measures of global than domain-specific self-esteem, (d) more strongly related to self-esteem judgments made spontaneously as well as under cognitive load, and (e) predicted observer-reported anxiety during an anxiety-inducing interview whereas an explicit measure of self-esteem did not.
Klassifikation Sozialpsychologie
Freie Schlagwörter Self-esteem; Self-evaluation; Implicit measure; Single-item measure
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2008
Seitenangabe S. 1346-1354
Zeitschriftentitel Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44 (2008) 5
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2008.03.016
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)