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2009-12-22 14:59:00

A new study looks in depth at the social relationships between male and female teenagers, relational violence, and psycho-social adjustment factors such as loneliness, self-esteem and satisfaction with life. The results show that young people who want to be better appreciated and respected within their group are the most likely to be violent. "There is a growing interest in studying the violent behavior of teenagers in school, which can have serious consequences for the psychological and...

2009-12-02 10:29:28

Study finds ethnic pride may be as important as self-esteem, particularly for boys Ethnic pride may be as important as self-esteem to the mental health of young African-American adolescents, according to a new study in the Nov./Dec. issue of the journal Child Development. The empirical study is one of the first to look at the effects of self-esteem and of racial identity and to separately explore their effects by gender. The study specifically measures racial identity in terms of ethnic...

2009-11-13 13:32:44

Most adolescents who belong to an ethnic minority group wrestle not only with their self-esteem (like most teens), but also with identity issues unique to their ethnic group, such as dealing with social stigma. A new study tells us that young people's ethnic pride may affect their mental health. The study, carried out by researchers at Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, and Walden University, appears in the November/December 2009 issue of the journal Child Development. The...

2009-11-03 15:15:55

First impressions do matter when it comes to communicating personality through appearance, according to new research by psychologists Laura Naumann of Sonoma State University and Sam Gosling of The University of Texas at Austin. Despite the crucial role of physical appearance in creating first impressions, until now little research has examined the accuracy of personality impressions based on appearance alone. These findings will be published in the December 2009 issue of Personality and...

2009-10-29 06:40:00

PUNTA GORDA, Fla., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- In the toughest job market in decades, it is essential to: know your current talents, your possibilities for growth and flame a burning desire to "Be All That You Can Be." That quest starts with SELF: self-respect, self-esteem, self-worth, self-image, self-talk, self-confidence, self-affirmation -- all of which offset your most dangerous disease -- self-doubt. In their new book, "Don't Sell Yourself Short! Be All That You Can Be," (published by...

2009-10-14 11:20:55

Overweight women's self-esteem plummets when they view photographs of models of any size, according to a new study in Journal of Consumer Research. And underweight women's esteem increases, regardless of models' size. Authors Dirk Smeesters (Erasmus University, the Netherlands), Thomas Mussweiler (University of Cologne, Germany), and Naomi Mandel (Arizona State University) researched the ways individuals with different body mass indexes (BMIs) felt when they were exposed to thin or heavy...

2009-10-14 10:47:51

Bosses who are in over their heads are more likely to bully subordinates. That's because feelings of inadequacy trigger them to lash out at those around them, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California. In a new twist on the adage "power corrupts," researchers at UC Berkeley and USC have found a direct link among supervisors and upper management between self-perceived incompetence and aggression. The findings, gleaned from...

2009-09-16 13:09:57

Students who feel supported by their teachers tend to have higher self-esteem, researchers in the United States, Canada and China said. Researchers at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, New York University, the Educational Testing Service, Harvard University, the University of Western Ontario and Nanjing Brain Hospital looked at nearly 1,500 urban middle school students in China and the United States. They considered students' perceptions of three aspects of school climate: teacher...

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2009-09-15 09:20:00

As children go back to school this fall, a new cross-cultural study finds that for both Chinese and American middle schoolers, students who feel supported by their teachers tend to have higher self-esteem, and those who don't feel supported by fellow students are more likely to be depressed. The study, which explores commonalities between Chinese and U.S. students as well as the ways in which they differ, appears in the September/October 2009 issue of Child Development. It was conducted by...

2009-09-11 09:38:04

Previous research has shown that low self-esteem and emotional problems are found in people who are overweight or obese"“ but not which influences which. Research published yesterday in the open access journal BMC Medicine, sheds light on this issue showing that children with emotional difficulties are at higher risk for obesity in adult life. Andrew Ternouth, David Collier and Barbara Maughan from the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of...