ERIC Number: ED336711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
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Stability of Parental Nurturance as a Salient Predictor of Self-Esteem.
Buri, John R.
In the recent past there has been a growing interest in the investigation of the self. A primary area of investigation has revolved around the question of the stability of the self-concept. This study investigated parental nurturance as a stable predictor of self-esteem across adolescent and young adult age groups. Subjects (N=784) were students from seven distinct age groups: seventh graders; eighth graders; high school sophomores; high school seniors; undergraduate freshmen; and undergraduate upperclassmen. Results revealed that even though parental nurturance was more strongly related to self-esteem during junior high school years than during the high school and college years, parental nurturance still remained a robust predictor of self-esteem during these latter years. Strong nurturant relationships with one's mother and one's father provide stable bases for global self-esteem throughout the early adolescent to early adulthood years. This is a time during which many individuals experience considerable change and discontinuity in their lives and are therefore in need of a relational context in which they can find stability, reassurance, and the support of caring relationships. When such a context is available, then the individual is better able to cope with the stress of change and more able to tolerate areas of discontinuity within his or her life. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).