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Children's Self-Esteem and Parental Support

Richard B. Felson and Mary A. Zielinski
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 51, No. 3 (Aug., 1989), pp. 727-735
DOI: 10.2307/352171
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352171
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

Longitudinal data are used to estimate the reciprocal relationship between parental support and self-esteem among children in the fifth through eighth grades. The results suggest that parents' supportive behavior—as measured by children's reports—affects the self-esteem of children but that self-esteem also affects how much support children report their parents give them. In addition, parents have a greater effect on the self-esteem of girls than of boys. Finally, mothers and fathers have similar effects for both sexes.

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