Month/Year of Graduation
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
The purpose of this research was to explore how components of self-esteem, such as social, cognitive and physical competence, can explain the buffering effect of self-continuity. Self-continuity explains the associations between individuals themselves in both past and present and perceived sameness, despite growth and development of the self. As self-continuity becomes more complex throughout adolescence, children may find themselves lacking a sense of identity. Previous research shows that negative views of the self may later represent themselves in adulthood. There is evidence that suggests self-continuity protects against the negative effects of peer victimization by providing positive connections between one another. It is still unknown as to how or why self-continuity plays a protective role though. In the current study, we used longitudinal self-report data from a sample of over 300 adolescents from Curitiba, Brazil. Results showed that peer victimization was not significantly correlated with low self-esteem over time. Results showed that self-continuity was positively associated with self-esteem. The study showed that self-continuity did not buffer against the effects of peer victimization on self-esteem. Based on the results, this study revealed the role of self-continuity, and thus self-esteem, is not significant in adolescent development in regards to peer victimization.
Alvarez, Gabriela, "Self-continuity in Adolescence: A Buffer Against Decreases in Self-esteem Due to Vicitmization" (2021). Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects. 121.
Available for download on Friday, April 29, 2022
Child Psychology Commons, Developmental Psychology Commons, Development Studies Commons, Multicultural Psychology Commons, Race and Ethnicity Commons, Social Psychology Commons, Social Psychology and Interaction Commons