Predicting reactions to everyday events from measures of self-esteem

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  • Jayne E Stake

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    1. University of Missouri-St Louis
      Requests for reprints should be sent to Jayne E Stake, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri—St Louis, St Louis, MO 63121
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  • I wish to acknowledge my appreciation to David R Shaffer for his excellent suggestions regarding this paper Thanks are also due to Miriam Munson, Barb Gerth, Margaret Gerner, Carolyn Hartmann, and Donna Kraft for their assistance in implementing this study

Requests for reprints should be sent to Jayne E Stake, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri—St Louis, St Louis, MO 63121

Abstract

The responses of 47 women and 43 men to everyday social and achievement events were gathered for a three-week time period Subjects' self-ratings of competence and performance following achievement events were positively related to their scores on the Performance-Self-Esteem Scale (PSES) More positive and consistent relationships between subjects' responses and PSES scores were found among subjects scoring low on a social self-esteem measure (SSES) than among subjects scoring high on the SSES Similarly, SSES level was positively related to subjects' responses to social events only among subjects scoring low on the PSES The importance of using sets of specific self-esteem measures for exploring subjects' reactions to everyday events is discussed

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