Stability, change, and determinants of self-esteem during adolescence and emerging adulthood

Inmaculada Sánchez-Queija, Alfredo Oliva, Águeda Parra
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, November 2016, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0265407516674831

What is it about?

This research studied the development of self-esteem through adolescence and emerging adulthood. It also analyzed sex differences and the role of family and peers in developmental trends in self-esteem. Data comes from a longitudinal study in which we administered the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale to 90 Spanish boys and girls at ages 13, 15, 17 and 21 years old. Results showed a linear increase in self-esteem, higher for boys than for girls, during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Initial variability was related to care received from the mother during childhood, whereas the increase in self-esteem throughout adolescence and emerging adulthood was related to peer attachment.

Why is it important?

It's important because is a longitudinal study conducted in a non anglosajon or middle-european country and highlight the peer relationships rol on self-esteem development durign adolescence and emerging adulthood.

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