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How Students’ Strength Use Relates to Higher Self-Esteem: The Role of Self-Effiacy

Nieder, L. (2019) How Students’ Strength Use Relates to Higher Self-Esteem: The Role of Self-Effiacy.

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Abstract:This research was conducted to shine light on the relations between strength use, self-efficacy and self-esteem in university students. As foregoing research showed, strengths use has an overall positive effect on well-being and reaching mental health goals. For students specifically, well-being has been related to self-esteem and other factors closely connected to a well-experienced university life. Thus, this study set self-esteem as a specific factor related to students’ well-being. It was expected that self-efficacy would partially mediate the relationship between strength use and self-esteem in students since self-efficacy was reportedly only one of many factors contributing to well-being of students. In order to test for this hypothesis, multiple questionnaires measuring the different factors were put together and administrated online to a German student sample ranging between the ages of 18 and 32. The data was then analysed using correlation analysis and Hayes’ mediation analysis. As expected, the results showed a significant positive relationship between strength use and self-esteem which was partially mediated by self-efficacy with strong results for all of those relations. The results show that strength use really contributes to a successful university life for students and can help them to achieve their mental health goals.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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