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Low Self-Esteem During Adolescence Predicts Poor Health, Criminal Behavior, and Limited Economic Prospects During Adulthood

Abstract-
Using prospective data from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study birth cohort,
the authors found that adolescents with low self-esteem had poorer mental and physical health, worse
economic prospects, and higher levels of criminal behavior during adulthood, compared with adolescents
with high self-esteem. The long-term consequences of self-esteem could not be explained by adolescent
depression, gender, or socioeconomic status. Moreover, the findings held when the outcome variables
were assessed using objective measures and informant reports; therefore, the findings cannot be
explained by shared method variance in self-report data. The findings suggest that low self-esteem during
adolescence predicts negative real-world consequences during adulthood.
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Trzesniewski.Donnellan.Moffitt.Robins.Poulton.Caspi_2006.pdf
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Dr. Kali Trzesniewski,
Oct 29, 2011, 11:47 AM
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