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

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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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.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)147-154
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftJournal of applied social psychology
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - jan.-2013

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