Self-esteem across the life span: Stability and change

Orth, Ulrich (22 July 2016). Self-esteem across the life span: Stability and change (Unpublished). In: 18th European Conference on Personality. Timisoara, Romania. 19.07.-24.07.2016.

In this talk, I will provide an overview of recent longitudinal research examining the development of self-esteem and its influence on important life outcomes. There is now robust evidence that self-esteem changes in systematic ways across the life span. On average, self-esteem increases from adolescence to middle adulthood, peaks at about age 50 to 60 years, and declines in old age; moreover, the evidence suggests that there are no significant cohort differences in the life-span trajectory of self-esteem. Despite these normative developmental changes, research indicates that individual differences in self-esteem are relatively stable even across long periods, supporting the conclusion that self-esteem is a personality trait. Finally, research suggests that self-esteem contributes to a person’s well-being and success in important life domains such as peer and romantic relationships, work, and health. Given the increasing evidence that self-esteem has important real-world consequences, the topic of self-esteem development is of considerable societal significance.

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

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Orth, Ulrich


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




Ulrich Orth

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29 May 2017 15:38

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29 May 2017 15:38


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