On feeding those hungry for praise: person praise backfires in children with low self-esteem.

  title={On feeding those hungry for praise: person praise backfires in children with low self-esteem.},
  author={Eddie Brummelman and Sander Thomaes and Geertjan Overbeek and Bram Orobio de Castro and Marcel A. van den Hout and Brad J. Bushman},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. General},
  volume={143 1},
Child-rearing experts have long believed that praise is an effective means to help children with low self-esteem feel better about themselves. But should one praise these children for who they are, or for how they behave? Study 1 (N = 357) showed that adults are inclined to give children with low self-esteem more person praise (i.e., praise for personal qualities) but less process praise (i.e., praise for behavior) than they give children with high self-esteem. This inclination may backfire… 

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