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ERIC Number: ED535650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep-26
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Life-Span Trajectory of Self-Esteem Development: A Myth or Reality
Badayai, Abdul Rahman bin Ahmad; Ismail, Khaidzir bin Haji
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Southeast Asia Psychology Conference (2nd, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Sep 26-28, 2012)
Self-esteem has been regarded as one of the most pivotal component in almost every day human daily activities. Trajectory of self esteem development means that on the average, one's self-esteem is relatively high in childhood, then drops during adolescence, later to arise gradually throughout adulthood, and then declines sharply in old age. The purpose of this research is to study the trajectory of self-esteem development in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood during their developmental stages. The research had been conducted on 150 respondents, in which 63 males and 87 females participated in this study. Cross-sectional design and convenience sampling had been selected for the above proposed study. However, the findings of this research shows a gradual increase of one's self-esteem in old age which is in sharp contradiction to the present trajectory indicating that self esteem declines significantly during old age as stated in literature reviews of earlier researchers, but holds the same views on childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Despite the general developmental age differences across the human lifespan, an individual tends to maintain his/her ordering relative to one another; whereby individuals who have relatively high self-esteem at one point in time tend to have relatively high self-esteem years later on. Keywords: life-span development, self-esteem. (Contains 3 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale