Self-esteem and subjective well-being revisited: The roles of personal, relational, and collective self-esteem

Hongfei DU, Ronnel Bornasal KING, Peilian CHI

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Abstract

Previous studies have shown that self-esteem is an important predictor of subjective well-being. However, the majority of research has focused on self-esteem at the individual and the collective level, but has mostly ignored self-esteem at the relational level. According to social identity theory, individuals can maintain and enhance self-esteem through personal traits (personal self-esteem, PSE), relationships with significant others (relational self-esteem, RSE), and relationships with larger groups (collective self-esteem, CSE). The current research investigated whether RSE and CSE can predict subjective well-being beyond PSE among Chinese college students. With four cross-sectional studies and one longitudinal study (N = 847), we found that, when controlling for PSE, RSE was associated with greater life satisfaction, positive affect, meaning in life, happiness, and subjective vitality (Studies 1–5), but CSE was not (Studies 2–5). Implications are discussed. Copyright © 2017 Du et al.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0183958
JournalPLoS One
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Citation

Du, H., King, R. B., & Chi, P. (2017, August). Self-esteem and subjective well-being revisited: The roles of personal, relational, and collective self-esteem. PLoS One, 12(8), Article e0183958. Retrieved October 17, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0183958

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