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Self-esteem peaks in late midlife

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Self-esteem peaks in the 50s and 60s, but declines markedly in later life. This is the main conclusion of a study, published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, by NOVA researchers Tilmann von Soest and Thomas Hansen, together with german colleagues Denis Gerstorf and Jenny Wagner.

A recently published NorLAG paper examines trends and predictors in self-esteem in the second half of life (age 40+). Findings show increasing self-esteem among men and women until late midlife.

A strong decline is however observed from mid-70s, explained by age-related changes in roles, health, and social relationships.


Tilmann von Soest, Thomas Hansen et al: Self-Esteem Across the Second Half of Life: The Role of Socioeconomic Status, Physical Health, Social Relationships, and Personality Factors. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2017.  DOI: 10.1037/pspp0000123. Abstract.

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