The relationship between self-esteem and psychological adjustment in young adolescents

Schweitzer, Robert D., Seth-Smith, Mary, & Callan, Victor (1992) The relationship between self-esteem and psychological adjustment in young adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 15(1), pp. 83-97.

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The study adopts a multi-dimensional construct of self-esteem to examine the relationship between self-perception and psychological adjustment in order to identify specific dimensions that discriminate between disturbed and non-disturbed groups.

The disturbed group (n = 33) is derived from a clinical sample and are matched with a non-disturbed group (n = 33) of adolescents. Results indicate that dimensional self-concept scores are significantly lower for clinical subjects while there are no significant differences between groups on the mathematics, honesty, and physical ability dimensions. These findings provide a more fine grained understanding of the relationship between self-esteem and psychological adjustment and emphasize the need to examine self-esteem in terms of its particular dimensions.

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ID Code: 58619
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: self esteem, psychological adjustment, adolescents, self perception, dimensions
DOI: 10.1016/0140-1971(92)90067-F
ISSN: 1095-9254
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2013 22:15
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2013 22:15

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