Essay on Effects of Low Self Esteem on Children

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The Effects of Low Self Esteem on Children

Aruna Kalicharan

Psychology of Infancy and Childhood (DEP 2000), Section 01
Professor Lissette M. Saavedra
April 24, 2001

What is Low self-esteem?
In most cases, children with low self-esteem feel that the important adults and peers in their lives do not accept them, do not care about them very much, and would not go out of their way to ensure their safety and well-being. Negative self-esteem is related to low self-confidence, insecurity, underachievement, anxiety, depression, acting-out behavior, sleep problems and being a loner (Yarnell, 1999).
During their early years, young children's self-esteem is based largely on their perceptions of how the important adults in their lives
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An interest in music might lead to piano lessons or church choir. The focus is to explore a variety of interests while trying not to overdo any one thing at a particular time. Childhood should be a relaxed, stress-free time for discovery and experimentation. Parents can play an important role in strengthening children's self-esteem by treating them respectfully, taking their views and opinions seriously, and expressing appreciation to them. Above all, parents must keep in mind that self-esteem is an important part in every child's development.

How does this relate to Psychology of Infancy and Childhood?
Although we did not go into specifics with self-esteem in class, I felt that it tied in with others topics we discussed, such as gender development, intelligence and individual differences and emotional development. I believe that all of these are outcomes on a child's self-esteem.


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