In Different Life Years Self-Esteem Varies Considerably – Part 1 of 3
In Different Life Years Self-Esteem Varies Considerably. Self-esteem increases as settle grow older, but dips when people are in their 60s, although those who make more money and are healthier favour to retain better views of themselves, researchers have found. In the study, published in the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers surveyed 3617 US adults old 25 to 104, trying to reach all of them four times between 1986 and 2002.
So “Self-esteem is related to better health, less criminal behavior, lower levels of depression and, overall, greater good fortune in life,” the study’s lead author, Ulrich Orth, said in a news release from the American Psychological Association. “Therefore, it’s important to learn more about how the average person’s self-esteem changes over time”.
Young relatives had the lowest self-esteem, but it grew as people aged, peaking at about age 60. Women had lower self-esteem than men, on average, until they reached their 80s and 90s, the study authors found.
Wealth and vigorousness played major roles in boosting self-esteem, especially in older people. “Specifically, we found that people who have higher incomes and better health in later life tend to maintain their self-esteem as they age. We cannot be familiar with for certain that more wealth and better health directly lead to higher self-esteem, but it does appear to be linked in some way.