Self-Esteem, Shame Related Responses and Well-Being in Young Girls

Hina Ilyas (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Afifa Anjum

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract:

The present research was conducted to investigate the self-esteem, shame related responses and well-being in young girls. Cross sectional research design was used to conduct the research. Non probability convenient sampling technique was used to recruit a sample of (N = 150) young girls with the age range of 18-25 years (M = 20.6, SD = 1.861) from the University of Punjab, Lahore. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between self-esteem, shame related responses and well-being in young girls. A self-constructed demographic questionnaire, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES; Rosenberg, 1965), Ryff’s Psychological Well-Being Scales (PWS; Ryff, 1989), Cohen’s Guilt and Shame Proneness Scale (GASP; Cohen, Wolf, Panter, & Insko, 2011), were used for assessment. Results were generated by analyzing the data through Pearson product moments correlation and multiple linear regression. Result indicated that self-esteem and shame related responses positively correlated with psychological well-being. Moreover multiple regression analysis showed that guilt and negative behavior evaluation predicted psychological well-being subscale of environmental mastery. Results are discussed in the light of literature review in the section of discussion.

Keywords: Self-esteem, shame related responses, well-being.

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