Critical Analysis Of Self Esteem

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Analysis of Self Esteem Scores of PL2131 Students Goh Jia Xin D6 Analysis of Self Esteem Scores of PL2131 Students Self Esteem is the extent to which a person likes, values and prizes oneself as well as an evaluation of one’s worth and importance (Andrews, Robinson, & Wrightsman, 1991). The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale remains the most widely used measure for assessing global self-esteem (Schmitt & Allik, 2005). A study was conducted on 7100 individuals with ages ranging from 14(adolescence) to 30(young adulthood), using a 10 item Rosenberg self-esteem scale. Responses were measured on a 4 point scale and a mean of 3.25 (SD = 0.42) was averaged across the assessments (Erol & Orth, 2011). This mean self-esteem of 3.25 may be greater…show more content…
However, whilst my results supported prior study results by proving gender differences in self-esteem, it also contradicted prior study results by proving a significant difference in the scores between positively worded and negatively worded items in the Rosenberg Self Esteem scale. There are certain limitations to this study which can be improved upon. For example, the sample is restricted to students in PL2131 where the mean age of the students is 20.3 (SD=1.37) and the gender ratio is not equal with 56 males and 166 females. With this limited age range and unequal gender ratio, we might not be able to generalize the results found to the general…show more content…
As these extraneous variables were not kept constant, results determining if gender is correlated with self-esteem may not be accurate. Further research may want to focus on whether socioeconomic status indicators such as income level affects self-esteem by administering the Rosenberg self-esteem scale to participants from both low and high income levels and comparing the results. Such findings would help us when considering the effect of extraneous variables in future studies on gender differences in self-esteem. References Andrews, F. M., Robinson, J. P., & Wrightsman, L. S. (1991). Measures of personality and social psychological attitudes (Vol. 1): Gulf Professional Publishing. Erol, R. Y., & Orth, U. (2011). Self-esteem development from age 14 to 30 years: a longitudinal study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(3), 607. Greenberger, E., Chen, C., Dmitrieva, J., & Farruggia, S. P. (2003). Item-wording and the dimensionality of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale: do they matter? Personality and individual differences, 35(6), 1241-1254. Kling, K. C., Hyde, J. S., Showers, C. J., & Buswell, B. N. (1999). Gender differences in self-esteem: a meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 125(4), 470. Martinez, R., & Dukes, R. L. (1991). Ethnic and gender differences in self-esteem.

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