Low self-esteem is a risk factor for depressive symptoms from young adulthood to old age

Orth, U. and Robins, R. W. and Trzesniewski, K. H. and Maes, J. and Schmitt, M.. (2009) Low self-esteem is a risk factor for depressive symptoms from young adulthood to old age. Journal of abnormal psychology, 118. pp. 472-478.

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Data from two large longitudinal studies were used to analyze reciprocal relations between self-esteem and depressive symptoms across the adult life span. Study 1 included 1,685 participants aged 18 to 96 years assessed 4 times over a 9-year period. Study 2 included 2,479 participants aged 18 to 88 years assessed 3 times over a 4-year period. In both studies, cross-lagged regression analyses indicated that low self-esteem predicted subsequent depressive symptoms, but depressive symptoms did not predict subsequent levels of self-esteem. This pattern of results replicated across all age groups, for both affective-cognitive and somatic symptoms of depression, and after controlling for content overlap between the self-esteem and depression scales. The results suggest that low self-esteem operates as a risk factor for depressive symptoms at all phases of the adult life span.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Orth)
UniBasel Contributors:Orth, Ulrich
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Psychological Association
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