Negative Factors Of Self Esteem During Adolescence

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Un-pretty: Negative Factors Related to Self Esteem During Adolescence
Introduction
According to the American Psychological Association (2010), the definition of self-esteem is the degree to which the qualities and characteristics contained in one’s self concept are perceived to be positive. It reflects a person’s physical self-image, view of his or her accomplishments and capabilities, and values and perceived success in living up to them, as well as ways in which others view and respond to that person. The more positive the cumulative perception of these qualities and characteristics, the higher one’s self-esteem. A high or reasonable degree of self-esteem is considered an important ingredient of mental health, whereas low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness are common depressive symptoms.
It is during adolescence that the self-concept is formed, hence the focus of this paper will be on adolescent youth into young adulthood. During this period the adolescent is beginning to form relationships with peers, contemplate ones’ future and become more aware of others opinions. Puberty is also taking place during this stage, in turn making the adolescent more aware of their bodies in comparison to others (Hutchinson, 2013). Whether these experiences are positive or negative can have a major effect on the development of one’s self-esteem. A person experiencing self- esteem may ask the question, what are the factors that predict high or low self-esteem? Also, a person who may
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