Associations between assertiveness, psychological well-being, and self-esteem in adolescents

Maria Sarkova*, Maria Bacikova-Sleskova, Olga Orosova, Andrea Madarasova Geckova, Zuzana Katreniakova, Daniel Klein, Wim van den Heuvel, Jitse P. van Dijk

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Abstract

This study explored the associations between adolescents assertive behavior, psychological well-being, and self-esteem. The sample consisted of 1,023 students (14.9 +/-.51; 47.6% boys). Two dimensions of the Scale for Interpersonal Behavior (distress and performance), 2 factors of the General Health Questionnaire-12 (depression/anxiety and social dysfunction), and 2 factors of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (positive self-esteem and negative self-esteem) were used; data were analyzed using hierarchical linear regression. It was found that (a) the more anxious respondents felt in assertive situations, the less frequently they engaged in these situations; and that (b) both dimensions of assertiveness were associated with psychological well-being and self-esteem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-154
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of applied social psychology
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2013

Keywords

  • SOCIAL-SKILLS
  • PSYCHOSOCIAL ADJUSTMENT
  • INTERPERSONAL-BEHAVIOR
  • UNIVERSITY-STUDENTS
  • SCALE
  • SAMPLE
  • SCHOOL

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