Informal Child & Adolescent Self-Esteem Checklist (print to use)

The following checklist does not have a scoring key.  These are all important dimensions of self-esteem that should be discussed with a counselor or psychologist.

 Put an “X” in the appropriate box:



Just a little

Pretty much

Very much






Child says he or she is “dumb” or “stupid”





Child gives up easily





Child is failing or doing poorly in school





Child gets picked on or teased frequently by peers





Child doesn’t like his or her physical appearance





Child cries easily over minor provocation





Child “hates” school or certain subjects





Child does not respond normally to adult encouragement






Chronic low self-esteem is toxic to successful development and should be treated.  Any marks of Pretty Much or Very Much may be serious problems and should be evaluated professionally.