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Title: Initial and non-initial name-letter preferences as obtained through repeated letter rating tasks continue to reflect (different aspects of) self-esteem
Authors: Hoorens, Vera ×
Takano, Keisuke
Franck, Erik
Roberts, J.E.
Raes, Filip #
Issue Date: 2015
Series Title: Psychological Assessment vol:27 issue:4 pages:905-914
Abstract: We tested the usefulness of name-letter preference scores as indirect indicators of self-esteem by exploring whether multiple unsupervised self-administrations of letter rating tasks within a short period of time yield useful data. We also examined whether preferences for initials and non-initial name-letters tap different aspects of self-esteem. Participants from a community sample (N = 161; 58 men and 106 women, 17-67 years, Mage = 34.57, SD = 13.28) completed daily letter rating tasks and state self-esteem questionnaires for seven consecutive days. They also completed a trait self-esteem questionnaire on the first measurement day as well as six months later. Preference scores for first-name initials were stronger but more unstable than preference scores for other name-letters. Preferences for first-name initials were primarily associated with directly measured state self-esteem whereas preferences for non-initials were primarily associated with directly measured trait self-esteem even if the latter was measured six months later. We thus showed that preferences for initials and non-initials are not simply interchangeable. Previous letter rating studies, which almost exclusively used initial preferences, should be interpreted in terms of state rather than trait self-esteem. In future studies, researchers should focus on the name-letter preference that reflects the aspect of self-esteem they wish to address.
ISSN: 1040-3590
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Social and Cultural Psychology
Centre for Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology
× corresponding author
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