Status Confidence and Anxiety

Short Description: The module aims at surveying people’s status confidence and status anxiety, and the everyday life experiences of appreciation (respect) and degradation (disrespect) which give rise to these feelings of confidence and anxiety. A second objective is to analyze both determinants and consequences of status confidence/status anxiety.

Methodological Details: Participants were presented with four statements, namely “Sometimes I feel that what I do is not valued by other people.”, “Sometimes I feel like others look down on me.”, “Sometimes I experience that other people appreciate what I do.” and “Sometimes others make me feel successful.” These statements were rated on a scale from 1 (“Does not apply at all”) to 7 (“Fully applies”). If a participant reported a value of 3 or higher on one of these scales, three additional questions were asked about the corresponding experience, specifying the situations and individuals involved in these experiences (e.g., “family members” or “boss, supervisor”) as well as possible causes of the experiences.

Available Papers
  • Schneickert, Christian, Jan Delhey, and Leonie C. Steckermeier. 2019. Eine Krise der sozialen Anerkennung? Ergebnisse einer Bevölkerungsbefragung zu Alltagserfahrungen der Wert- und Geringschätzung in Deutschland. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (KZfSS) 71 (4), 593-622. (










Jan Delhey (Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg)




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