ERIC Number: EJ883380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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I like Me if You like Me: On the Interpersonal Modulation and Regulation of Preadolescents' State Self-Esteem
Thomaes, Sander; Reijntjes, Albert; Orobio de Castro, Bram; Bushman, Brad J.; Poorthuis, Astrid; Telch, Michael J.
Child Development, v81 n3 p811-825 May-Jun 2010
This experiment tested whether peer approval and disapproval experiences can cause immediate change in children's state self-esteem. Children's narcissistic traits and evaluator perceived popularity were examined as potential moderators. A total of 333 preadolescents (M = 10.8 years) completed personal profiles on the Internet that were ostensibly judged by a jury consisting of popular and unpopular peers. Participants randomly received negative, neutral, or positive feedback from the jury. Next, they could examine the feedback that each individual judge gave them. As expected, peer disapproval decreased self-esteem, especially in children high in narcissism. In contrast, peer approval increased self-esteem. Moreover, disapproved children's self-esteem recovery was dependent on the extent to which they subsequently viewed positive feedback from popular judges. These findings support sociometer theory.
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Preadolescents, Self Esteem, Peer Acceptance, Rejection (Psychology), Profiles, Internet, Feedback (Response), Social Theories, Evaluation Methods, Correlation
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