Components of self-esteem of children from a deprived cross-cultural background

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David Watkins
Cite this article:  Watkins, D. (1988). Components of self-esteem of children from a deprived cross-cultural background. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 16(1), 1-4.


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Results gained in this exploratory study with 100 Filipino children from a deprived cross-cultural background indicate that the majority consider that their family, friends, and school to be important parts of their lives. These are aspects of the self tapped by typical Western self-esteem instruments. However, they also tended to rate as important as food, money, and clothes – things ignored by most Western instruments. As these were the areas of life which they were most likely to feel bad about, such instruments may tend to overestimate their self-esteem.

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