Changing self-esteem in children and adolescents



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Self-esteem interventions Changing self-esteem in children and adolescents A roadmap for future interventions
Arjan ER. Bos Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands Open University, The Netherlands Peter Muris Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands Sandra Mulkens
Maastricht University, The Netherlands Herman P. Schaalma
Maastricht University, The Netherlands Published as Bos, A. ER, Muris, P, Mulkens, S, & Schaalma, HP. Changing self-esteem in children and adolescents A roadmap for future interventions. Netherlands Journal of Psychology, 62, 26-33.
Adrress correspondence to Dr. Arjan Bos Institute of Psychology Erasmus University Rotterdam PO Box 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam The Netherlands Tel +31-10-4089532 Email bos@fsw.eur.nl


Self-esteem interventions Abstract
Self-esteem is an important construct that is related to academic achievement, social functioning and psychopathology in children and adolescents. Therefore, it is not surprising that many interventions have tried to change levels of self-esteem in this population. In this article a theoretical overview of self-esteem in children and adolescents is presented, in which recent research on different aspects of self-esteem will be discussed. Subsequently, research on treatment and primary prevention programs to change self-esteem in children and adolescents is reviewed. It is argued that self-esteem interventions will be more effective when they are theory- and evidence-based and tailored to the specific needs of different target groups. Finally, a roadmap for the development of theory- and evidence-based interventions is presented and some recommendations for future self-esteem interventions are provided.




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