ERIC Number: ED226303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Self-Evaluation Maintenance Processes and Individual Differences in Self-Esteem.
Tesser, Abraham; Campbell, Jennifer
This paper describes the self-evaluation maintenance model (SEM) which suggests that much social behavior can be understood by assuming that persons are motivated to maintain a positive self-evaluation. The two processes by which one's social circumstances may affect self-evaluation, i.e., reflection and comparison, are described. The relationship between self-evaluation and self-esteem is explored. Studies in which self-esteem was measured are reviewed, and results are discussed in terms of the SEM model. A hypothesis which explains the weak relationship between measured self-esteem and the SEM model is suggested. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Comparison Process; Reflection Process
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).