Analysis of age effects in longitudinal studies of adolescent self-esteem

John D. McCarthy, Dean R. Hoge

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Presents longitudinal evidence from 3 age cohorts (Grades 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12) in 13 private and parochial schools that demonstrates systematic increases in self-esteem as Ss grow older. Three potential artifactual reasons for these results are assessed: (a) S attrition, (b) the effects of testing, and (c) carelessness of Ss. None of these are found to be responsible for the pattern of results. Several possible explanations for rising self-esteem during adolescence are discussed. (24 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-379
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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