THE SELF-ESTEEM CRISIS
Poor self-esteem in children has become an epidemic with very dire consequences. Schools and communities are overburdened with the problems caused by children with poor self-esteem. The adolescent bullying, obesity, substance abuse, poor grades, truancies and suicides of which society has become aware, are actually the manifestations of poor self-esteem that was developed as very young children.
How children feel about themselves, for the rest of their lives, has already been determined by the time they reach five years old. Helping very young children build their self-esteem is an essential component of child development, yet one that is all too often overlooked, for lack of know-how.
WHAT IS SELF-ESTEEM?
AND, WE'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES DOING THE TALKING!
“By age 5 children have a sense of self-esteem comparable in strength to that of adults, according to a new study by University of Washington researchers. Because self-esteem tends to remain relatively stable across one’s lifespan, the study suggests that this important personality trait is already in place before children begin kindergarten.”
~Experimental Social Psychology, January 2016
"Incident obesity between the ages of 5 and 14 years was more likely to have occurred at younger ages, primarily among children who had entered kindergarten overweight.”
~The New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 2014
“From the rapidly growing literature on bullying, it is increasingly recognized that peer relationship problems as manifested in being bullied are associated with low self-esteem. The results indicate that high self-esteem protects children and adolescents from involvement in bullying. Thus, in view of the strong relationship between self-esteem and bullying that has been found in the present paper, it is recommended that top priority be given by parents and teachers to preventing and reducing feelings of poor self-worth among children and adolescents.”
~Aggressive Behavior. 27:269–283, July 28, 2001
“Low self-esteem during adolescence predicts poor health, criminal behavior, and limited economic prospects during adulthood.”
~The American Psychological Society 2006, Vol. 42, No. 2, 381–390 0012-1649/06
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