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Compared to boys, early adolescent girls’ self-esteem is lower. However, adolescents with better family and peer relationships and more likely to develop a positive self-esteem (Sternberg, p. 215-16).
Honey, you're not going to compete in the Olympics! Don’t worry. And this Jonny boy must be blind! You are a beautiful young lady, an honor student, have good friends...and your family loves you.
Mom, I did not make it into the volleyball team and Johnny acts like I’m invisible... I think he likes blondies and I’m brunette.
Self-esteem as well as life satisfaction are good indictors of general psychological well-being but along with other dimensions such as academics, athletics, appearance, social relationships, and moral conduct (Sternberg, p. 215)
80% of middle schoolers report high satisfaction with life, 10% report low satisfaction (Steinberg, p. 215).
Why do Black girls have higher self-esteem?
Despite racism and prejudice, Black adolescents have higher self-esteem because they have a strong sense of ethnic identity, support from adults in the Black community, and they focus on activities in areas of competence (Steinberg, p. 217).
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