Self-esteem and self-certainty: a mediational analysis
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2003
Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 115–125, March 2004
How to Cite
Story, A. L. (2004), Self-esteem and self-certainty: a mediational analysis. Eur. J. Pers., 18: 115–125. doi: 10.1002/per.502
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2004
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JUN 2003
- Manuscript Received: 3 OCT 2002
Self-esteem has been found to be related to the certainty with which specific self-conceptions are held. This study tested a number of competing accounts for this relationship, using a more rigorous idiographic approach. Specifically, it was thought that the relationship between self-esteem and self-certainty might be mediated by self-concept clarity, the positivity of specific self-conceptions, and impression management concerns. However, none of these fully mediated the relationship between self-esteem and self-certainty. Participants with higher self-esteem were more certain of their central self-conceptions than were those with lower self-esteem. This was true even though participants were allowed to generate their most relevant and central self-conceptions themselves. Discussion focuses on the role of social information in the possibly direct relationship between self-esteem and self-certainty. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.