Esteem is an important part of our lives as human beings both personally, with selfesteem, and professionally, with work-esteem. Work-esteem is important to the work of interpreters, and it can also affect the work produced by interpreters. Esteem encompasses a lot of different aspects, but this research on work-esteem focuses on the theories of Maslow and his hierarchy of needs of motivational theory and Rosenberg’s self-esteem theory and the corresponding self-esteem scale. The literature review explores Maslow’s and Rosenberg’s connection to work-esteem, self-esteem’s impact on work, life experiences impact on esteem, work-esteem as a perception/outcome/or both, interpersonal relationships and esteem, horizontal violence and esteem, perfectionism and esteem, imposter syndrome and professional identity, our authenticity and worth— looking at mental and moral strength, than finally self-care and work-care and moving forward with improving and balancing our work-esteem and life. Two questionnaires were sent out the interpreting community: one before doing four weeks of a variety of activities for development and improvement and then again after four weeks. The findings illustrated that by working on one’s work-care and selfcare, the interpreter did indeed increase their work-esteem.
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies
Amanda R. Smith
Type (DCMI Terms)
American Sign Language | Language Interpretation and Translation | Sign Languages
Wadsworth, K. N. (2022). Esteem, Why Should We Care? The Importance of Work-Esteem in Our Field, Our Work, and Ourselves (master's thesis). Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wou.edu/theses/158
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