Low self-esteem during adolescence predicts poor health, criminal behavior, and limited economic prospects during adulthood.

@article{Trzesniewski2006LowSD,
  title={Low self-esteem during adolescence predicts poor health, criminal behavior, and limited economic prospects during adulthood.},
  author={Kali H. Trzesniewski and M. Brent Donnellan and Terrie E Moffitt and Richard W. Robins and Richie G. Poulton and Avshalom Caspi},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={2006},
  volume={42 2},
  pages={381-90}
}
Using prospective data from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study birth cohort, the authors found that adolescents with low self-esteem had poorer mental and physical health, worse economic prospects, and higher levels of criminal behavior during adulthood, compared with adolescents with high self-esteem. The long-term consequences of self-esteem could not be explained by adolescent depression, gender, or socioeconomic status. Moreover, the findings held when the outcome… CONTINUE READING
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