The influence of the family environment in early childhood on self-esteem from age 8 to 26 years

Orth, Ulrich (20 July 2016). The influence of the family environment in early childhood on self-esteem from age 8 to 26 years (Unpublished). In: 18th European Conference on Personality (ECP). Timisoara, Romania. 19.07.-23.07.2016.

A better understanding is needed of those factors that shape the development of self-esteem. Using a prospective longitudinal design, this research tested whether the family environment during early childhood influences the longterm development of self-esteem. Data came from a nationally representative U.S. sample of 11,510 participants, who reported on their self-esteem biannually from age 8 to 26 years. Moreover, during the participants’ first 6 years of life, biannual assessments of their mothers provided information on quality of care, presence of father, quality of parental relationship, poverty status of the family, and mental health of mother. The analyses were controlled for the effects of child gender and ethnicity. The results suggested that the family environment in early childhood had significant effects on self-esteem as the children grew up. Although the effects became smaller with age, the effects were still present during young adulthood.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Orth, Ulrich

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ulrich Orth

Date Deposited:

29 May 2017 15:32

Last Modified:

29 May 2017 15:32

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/96317

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