Self-Esteem Test for Children (SETC)

Self-Esteem Test for Children

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Self-Esteem Test for Children

What is the Self-Esteem Test for Children (SETC)?

It’s a test that helps you find out how your child compares to other children on self-confidence. It’s an online assessment that children in 3rd through 8th grades complete online. The Feedback section looks like the chart in the window above, and the actual test the child sees looks like the window below.

Why use the Self-Esteem Test for Children (SETC)?

Use the SETC to find out if your child is feeling good about him or herself so you can help clear the way for your child’s talents to be ignited! An unhappy or depressed child doesn’t have the emotional energy to learn at top speed or seek opportunities to help maximize his or her talents. Self-esteem—or people’s perceptions about self and who they are—comes from the environment. Good self-esteem leads to strong confidence. If you discover that your child’s view of self is not positive, you can help to change things and clear the way for success!

What does the SETC measure?

The Self-Esteem Test for Children measures the child's self-perception (feelings of confidence or beliefs about him or herself) in the areas of

The 36 items are presented in the following format:

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A brief interpretation and recommendations are provided to the parents, school counselor, or other mental health professional when the child has completed the profile.

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Who is the SETC for?

This test was originally designed and normed (tested on a group to find the average) for children who are in the 3rd through 8th grades. Why for children in these grades?

There are two main reasons:

  1. children complete the assessment by themselves (although an adult may read the items to younger children), and
  2. most children younger than 3rd grade aged have difficulty with the questions and concepts on the test.

School counselors and child and family therapists can use this instrument, too, as part of any evaluation of a child’s current circumstances and self-concept and self-esteem.

Can younger children take the SETC?

Yes. Dr. Ruf has found the SETC to be effective and informative for use with bright and gifted children younger than the typical age of 3rd graders, but younger children's results will be compared to normative data for 3rd grade students (because that is the youngest grade for which it was originally normed).

Does the SETC consider different settings besides school?

Yes, there is a list at the beginning of the test that lets the parent and child choose which setting—which environment—he or she is thinking about when answering the 36 items.

It says: You and your child should select one of the following contexts for taking this test:

  • Regular classroom
  • Accelerated or full-time gifted classroom
  • Full-time home schooling
  • Outside school lessons, clubs, activities

Your child should then answer the questions with that context in mind. It helps to know which kind of setting the child is thinking about wh