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A three-wave longitudinal study of self-evaluations during young adulthood

This investigation provides much needed data on stability and change in self-evaluations during
young adulthood. The Messer and Harter [Messer, B. & Harter, S. (1986). Manual for the adult selfperception
proWle. Unpublished manuscript. Department of Psychology, University of Denver] Adult
Self-Perception ProWle was given to a sample of over 400 young adults in 1999, 2001, and 2003. Several
conclusions emerged from this study. Generally speaking, domain-speciWc self-evaluations
showed rank-order consistency and very small normative changes during this interval. Nonetheless,
there were individual diVerences in change in self-evaluations that warrant additional theoretical and
empirical attention. In terms of the prediction of global self-esteem, physical self-esteem was one of
the strongest independent predictors of global self-esteem. Finally, weighting domain speciWc selfevaluations
by importance ratings did not consistently improve the prediction of global self-esteem.
The implications of these results for understanding the psychological nature of young adulthood and
for designing future studies using importance ratings are discussed.
Dr. Kali Trzesniewski,
Oct 27, 2011, 10:29 AM