The life-span development of domain-specific self-esteem

Luciano, Eva C.; Orth, Ulrich (20 July 2016). The life-span development of domain-specific self-esteem (Unpublished). In: 18th European Conference on Personality. Timisoara, Romania. 19.07.-23.07.2016.

So far, nothing is known about the life-span development of domain-specific self-esteem. In this research, we examined the trajectories of self-esteem in 11 domains, moderators of the trajectories, and the age-graded relations of domain-specific self-esteem with global self-esteem in a nationally representative Swiss sample aged 16 to 90 years (N = 1,000). In most domains, self-esteem showed life-span trajectories that were quite different from the life-span trajectory of global self-esteem. Self-esteem in the domains of physical appearance, social relations, honesty, problem solving, and academic abilities explained a large amount of variance in global self-esteem. However, the correlation between self-esteem in the domain of physical appearance and global self-esteem significantly decreased with age. Controlling for self-esteem in the domain of academic abilities altered the trajectory of global self-esteem, suggesting that self-esteem changes in this domain might account for the decline of global self-esteem observed in old age.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Luciano, Eva Christina and Orth, Ulrich


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Ulrich Orth

Date Deposited:

29 May 2017 15:04

Last Modified:

29 May 2017 15:04


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