Does low Self-Esteem Predict Health Compromising Behaviours Among Adolescents?
McGee R~~Williams S
This longitudinal study examines the predictive association between both global & academic self-esteem from ages 9 to 13 years, & a variety of health compromising behaviours at age 15, in a large sample of New Zealand youth. Levels of global self-esteem significantly predicted adolescent report of problem eating, suicidal ideation, & multiple health compromising behaviours. Earlier levels of self-esteem were unrelated to later substance use & early sexual activity. The findings are discussed in terms of their implications for efforts to raise self-esteem among young people. (39 refs.)