, Volume 78, Issue 4, pp 769–792 | Cite as

An Application of the LC-LSTM Framework to the Self-esteem Instability Case

  • Guido Alessandri
  • Michele Vecchione
  • Brent M. Donnellan
  • John Tisak


The present research evaluates the stability of self-esteem as assessed by a daily version of the Rosenberg (Society and the adolescent self-image, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1965) general self-esteem scale (RGSE). The scale was administered to 391 undergraduates for five consecutive days. The longitudinal data were analyzed using the integrated LC-LSTM framework that allowed us to evaluate: (1) the measurement invariance of the RGSE, (2) its stability and change across the 5-day assessment period, (3) the amount of variance attributable to stable and transitory latent factors, and (4) the criterion-related validity of these factors. Results provided evidence for measurement invariance, mean-level stability, and rank-order stability of daily self-esteem. Latent state-trait analyses revealed that variances in scores of the RGSE can be decomposed into six components: stable self-esteem (40 %), ephemeral (or temporal-state) variance (36 %), stable negative method variance (9 %), stable positive method variance (4 %), specific variance (1 %) and random error variance (10 %). Moreover, latent factors associated with daily self-esteem were associated with measures of depression, implicit self-esteem, and grade point average.

Key words

latent state-trait model self-esteem implicit self-esteem measurement invariance self-esteem instability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Alessandri
    • 1
  • Michele Vecchione
    • 1
  • Brent M. Donnellan
    • 2
  • John Tisak
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychology Department“Sapienza”, University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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