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Self-Esteem, The Influential Contributor to Teen Achievement.

Is self-esteem truly an influential contributor to young people's academic achievement? Self-esteem, academic self-efficacy, perceived stress, and preferred learning styles have been linked to academic performance. " Self-esteem and self-efficacy, although related, are separate constructs. While self-esteem is defined as “a favorable or unfavorable attitude toward the self” (Rosenberg, 1965), self-efficacy is related to the person’s

confidence in preforming a specific task (Bandura, 1977). Studies have shown that high self-esteem can lead to high academic achievement and that children often use how they perform certain tasks to measure their self-worth. "This comparison between the perceived self and the ideal self is very crucial specially during adolescence because adolescents encounter with diversified job of developing and challenges of their own age. Hence, development of self-esteem is considered as one of the most important developmental processes of adolescence" (Sirin and Rogers-Sirin, 2004).

For parents, its crucial to pay close attention to the health of your children's self-esteem and self-worth, as it affects every aspect of their lives now and in the future. Girls especially are to be encouraged and strengthen in the way they view themselves, as society has constantly dictated and portrayed to girls what they should look like, wear, what they can and cannot do, etc. It's important to enrich our girls lives with opportunities to express how they feel about themselves, their goals and aspirations giving them the space to free themselves from the negative views they have and to embrace their uniqueness and special qualities.