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Study on global self-esteem predictors in elementary school children. Differences according to sex and age

Author(s): Molina, María Fernanda | Raimundi, María Julia

Journal: Revista Argentina de Ciencias del Comportamiento
ISSN 1852-4206

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Global Self-esteem | Predictors | Self-perceptions | Children

The perception of the value of themselves as individuals is a very important outcome in childhood. The aim of this paper is to study the influence of specific domain self-perception on the self-esteem of school age children from Buenos Aires City/AR (CABA). The Self-Perception Profile for Children was administered to 219 children of both genders (mean age = 10.34; SD = 1.77) from a private school from CABA. Multiple lineal regression analysis were performed. School grade and sex differences were taken into account. The main predictor of self-esteem for the boys is the self-perception of physical appearance and for the girls the self-perception of social acceptance. Considering grade differences, the main predictor of self-esteem for children from third to fifth grade is the self-perception of physical appearance and for sixth and seventh graders the self-perception of social acceptance and behavior.
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