Self-Esteem as Folk Theory: A Comparison of European American and Taiwanese Mothers' Beliefs

  title={Self-Esteem as Folk Theory: A Comparison of European American and Taiwanese Mothers' Beliefs},
  author={Peggy J. Miller and Su-Hua Wang and Todd L. Sandel and Grace E Cho},
  pages={209 - 239}
Objective. Self-esteem is seldom recognized to be a culture-specific, historically situated idea, and parents' folk theories of self-esteem are rarely investigated empirically. This paper remedies these omissions by comparing European American and Taiwanese mothers' beliefs about childrearing and self-esteem. The substantive goals are to understand the variety of meanings that these mothers associate with self-esteem and to delineate the local folk theories that contextualize this idea or offer… 
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