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Self-esteem: a behavioural genetic perspective

Neiss, M.B., Sedikides, C. and Stevenson, J. (2002) Self-esteem: a behavioural genetic perspective European Journal of Personality, 16, (5), pp. 351-367.

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Self-esteem, the affective or evaluative appraisal of one's self, is linked with adaptive personality functioning: high self-esteem is associated with psychological health benefits (e.g. subjective well-being, absence of depression and anxiety), effective coping with illness, and satisfactory social relationships. Although several pathways have been hypothesized to effect within-family transmission of self-esteem (e.g. parenting style, family relationship patterns), we focus in this article on genetic influences. Genetic studies on both global and domain-specific self-esteem and on both level and stability of self-esteem converge in showing that (i) genetic influences on self-esteem are substantial, (ii) shared environmental influences are minimal, and (iii) non-shared environmental influences explain the largest amount of variance in self-esteem. We advocate that understanding of current issues in self-esteem research will be enriched by including behavioural genetic approaches

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Published date: 2002


Local EPrints ID: 40254
ISSN: 0890-2070
PURE UUID: 1b3b2b6e-ca7c-4dc6-b0ff-c6afe1ed47ef

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Date deposited: 04 Jul 2006
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 18:02

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