Low self-esteem during adolescence predicts poor health, criminal behavior, and limited economic prospects during adulthood.

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Journal Article

Using prospective data from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study birth cohort, the authors found that adolescents with low self-esteem had poorer mental and physical health, worse economic prospects, and higher levels of criminal behavior during adulthood, compared with adolescents with high self-esteem. The long-term consequences of self-esteem could not be explained by adolescent depression, gender, or socioeconomic status. Moreover, the findings held when the outcome variables were assessed using objective measures and informant reports; therefore, the findings cannot be explained by shared method variance in self-report data. The findings suggest that low self-esteem during adolescence predicts negative real-world consequences during adulthood.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Trzesniewski, KH; Donnellan, MB; Moffitt, TE; Robins, RW; Poulton, R; Caspi, A

Published Date

  • March 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 381 - 390

PubMed ID

  • 16569175

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16569175

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-0599

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-1649

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0012-1649.42.2.381

Language

  • eng