The Social importance of self-esteem

edited by Andrew M. Mecca, Neil J. Smelser, and John Vasconcellos

Is the well-being of a society dependent on the well-being of its citizenry? Does individual self-esteem play a causal role in chronic social problems such as child abuse, school drop-out rates, teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, welfare dependency? In an attempt to answer these questions, the State of California established a task force on self-esteem and social responsibility in 1987. The aim of this body was to determine what connections might exist between these two factors and to suggest policy guidelines relating to the welfare of Californians and to the expenditure of public resources. The ten essays in this volume, prepared by faculty members of the University of California, draw on research in the social and behavioral sciences to explore these issues. They assess the substantive assertions and research findings in the field and make careful evaluations of their reliability and validity. In many cases strong connections between self-esteem and problematic behavior are established, in others the connections are weak, and in some the causal relationship is, as yet, imperfectly understood. One of the conclusions of the book is that research on these issues needs to be improved, particularly in the areas of comparative and longitudinal studies. Guidelines for future research are suggested, and some points of policy direction are elaborated. These essays may indeed promote additional research, for the premise that social stability and welfare are largely dependent on the psychological state of a people poses a challenging and provocative counter-emphasis to the assumption that social institutions are the primary determinants of individual welfare.

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  • John Vasconcellos, Foreword Andrew Mecca, Preface Neil J. Smelser, Self-Esteem and Society Bonnie Bhatti, David Derezotes, Seung Ock Kim, and Harry Specht, The Association between Child Maltreatment and Self-Esteem Martin V. Covington, Self-Esteem and School Failure: Analysis and Policy Implications Susan Crockenberg and Barbara Soby, Self-Esteem and Adolescent Pregnancy Thomas J. Scheff, Suzanne M. Retzinger, and Michael Ryan, Crime, Violence, and Self-Esteem Leonard Schneiderman, Self-Esteem and Chronic Welfare Dependency Rodney Skager and Elizabeth Kerst, Psychological Research and Theory on the Relationship between Self-Esteem and Alcohol and Other Drug Use Harry Kitano, Alcohol, Drug Use, and Self-Esteem: A Sociocultural Perspective

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書名 The Social importance of self-esteem
著作者等 Mecca, Andrew M.
Smelser, Neil J
Vasconcellos, John
出版元 University of California Press
刊行年月 c1989
ページ数 xxi, 346 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0520067096
NCID BA0751486X
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国