Self-Esteem of College Students Increases Dramatically Over 25-Year Period But Benefits to Society Unclear, Says Expert

October 2001
Ascribe Newswire: Health;10/15/2001, p5
The article reports on analysis of data from several college students of the U.S. which indicates that their self-esteem rose between 1968 and 1994. Rise in self-esteem indicates that they may be living happier, healthier lives than their predecessors. Unfortunately, benefits to society from the increase in self-esteem are unclear and may actually have no correlation at all to a better overall lifestyle, according to two psychology professors from Athens, Georgia-based University of Georgia who conducted the new analysis. The self-esteem in college students is measured by the method called the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Psychologists considered three main models of self-esteem. The social acceptance model proposes that self-esteem arises from others' acceptance. The competencies model suggests that self-esteem is based on the perception of competence in certain areas of life. And the culture of self-worth model predicts that a culture promoting a focus on the self will lead to higher self-esteem.


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