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Genetic influences on level and stability of self-esteem

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We attempted to clarify the relation between self-esteem level (high vs. low) and perceived self-esteem stability (within-person variability) by using a behavioral genetics approach. We tested whether the same or independent genetic and environmental influences impact on level and stability. Adolescent twin siblings (n = 183 pairs) completed level and stability scales at two time points. Heritability for both was substantial. The remaining variance in each was attributable to non-shared environmental influences. Shared environmental influences were not significant. Level and stability of self-esteem shared common antecedents via genetic and non-shared environmental influences. Nonetheless, stability was influenced by substantial unique genetic and non-shared environmental influences. The results validate the notion that level and stability are partially autonomous components of self-esteem.

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Neiss, Michelle, Sedikides, Constantine and Stevenson, Jim (2006) Genetic influences on level and stability of self-esteem Self and Identity, 5, (3), pp. 247-266. (doi:10.1080/15298860600662106).

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Published date: 2006


Local EPrints ID: 40492
ISSN: 1529-8868
PURE UUID: 9c4dd580-7ad7-4645-a95e-128454885431

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Date deposited: 03 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:34

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