chapter  12
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Self-esteem in adolescence

WithRoberta G. Simmons

Global self-esteem If the self-image is classified as an attitude toward the self, then self-esteem involves the evaluative dimension. Global selfesteem has been described by Rosenberg (1965; 1979) as the overall negative or positive attitude toward the self, and it is this definition which we have utilised in our own work (Simmons et al., 1979). In this conceptualisation, high self-esteem does not signify arrogance or conceit but simply acceptance of oneself as a person of worth; low self-esteem means a view of oneself as unworthy.