Title

Self-esteem instability and academic outcomes in American and Chinese college students

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2013

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The connection between self-esteem instability and various academic outcomes was examined across two studies. Study 1 (N = 41 9) found that unstable self-esteem was associated with poor academic performance for American undergraduate college students. Further, unstable self-esteem was associated with higher levels of academic disengagement and devaluation for individuals with high levels of self-esteem. Study 2 included college students from the United States (N = 167) and China (N = 178). As in Study 1, unstable self-esteem was associated with poor academic performance and higher levels of academic devaluation for individuals with high levels of self-esteem. However, the association between unstable self-esteem and academic disengagement emerged only for American college students with high self-esteem. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN PERSONALITY

Volume

47

Issue

5

First Page

455

Last Page

463