Socioenvironmental experiences, self-esteem, and emotional/behavioral problems in early adolescence

David L. DuBois, Robert D. Felner, Michelle D. Sherman, Catherine A. Bull

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Abstract

Tested the role of self-esteem as a mediator of relationships between socioenvironmental experiences and emotional/behavioral problems using a sample of 215 young adolescents (Grades 7-9). Socioenvironmental experiences were assessed using self-report questionnaire measures of social support and major and minor stressful events. Self-esteem was assessed using a self-report questionnaire, an interview, and a parent-report questionnaire. Emotional/behavioral problems were assessed using self-report, parent-report and teacherreport questionnaires. Utilizing structural equation modeling, the data were used to test a model in which self-esteem mediated the relationship between socioenvironmental experiences and emotional/behavioral problems. The hypothesized model provided a reasonably good fit to the data (normed fit index=.90). However, an alternative model which also allowed for direct effects of socioenvironmental experiences on emotional/behavioral problems produced a significant improvement in model fit. In this model, socio-environmental experiences had significant effects on emotional problems via both direct effects and indirect effects that indicated a mediating role for self-esteem. Only direct effects of socioenvironmental experiences were evident for behavioral problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-397
Number of pages27
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1994

Keywords

  • early adolescence
  • self-esteem
  • social support
  • stressful events

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