The Value of Self-Esteem
Mentor:Virgil H. Adams III, Ph.D., Program Chair & Professor of Psychology, CSU Channel Islands
The Value of Self-Esteem Kelsey Ibach, California State University Channel Islands Mentor: Virgil H. Adams III, Ph.D. Psychology Program, The role of self-esteem and hope on positives outcomes in one’s life has been studied in many different contexts. Earlier studies have hypothesized that positive self-esteem may create a self-fulﬁlling prophecy that will be demonstrated in career achievement (Chen & Klimoski, 2003; McNatt & Judge, 2004). Whereas others believe hope enhances the prediction of positive outcomes beyond self-esteem (Curry et al., 1997; Snyder, Cheavens, &Michael, 1999). The present study expands this research by examining the relationship of hope, self-esteem, and career status on individual’s well being. Utilizing a sample of community dwelling adults from Southern California, the reports were based on analyses from a sub-sample of a larger survey (n=1,814). It was hypothesized self-esteem and hope would account for variance in well-being beyond that attributable to demographic variables (age, gender, education, and household income). Results supported the hypothesis. However, self-esteem was negatively associated with well-being. The discussion focuses on people’s overall well-being in relation to their striving for something meaningful in life.