: Self-Continuity in Adolescence: a Buffer Against Decreases in Self-Esteem and Victimization

Gabriela Alvarez and Dr. Jonathan Santo, Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68182

The purpose of this research is to explore how components of self-esteem, such as social, cognitive and physical competence, can explain the buffering effect of self-continuity. In this research, social, cognitive, and physical self-esteem, will be explored. Self-continuity explains the associations between individuals themselves in both past and present and perceived sameness, despite growth and development of the self. As self-continuity becomes more complex throughout adolescence, children may find themselves lacking a sense of identity. Previous research shows that negative views of the self may later represent themselves in adulthood. There is evidence that suggests self-continuity protects against the negative effects of peer victimization by providing positive connections between one another. It is still unknown as to how or why self-continuity plays a protective role though. In the current study, we use longitudinal self-report data from a sample of over 300 adolescents from Curitiba, Brazil. It was hypothesized that peer victimization would be associated with lower self-esteem over time. Furthermore, it was hypothesized that self-continuity will be positively associated with self-esteem as well. Finally, we will test how self-continuity may buffer the negative effect of peer victimization on self-esteem. Based on the results, this study will reveal how significant of a role self-continuity, and thus self-esteem, plays in adolescent development. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Gabriela Alvarez

Institution: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 10
Date/Time: Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 6576