Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

A Correlational Study of Self-Esteem and Family Relationship among College Students

Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

A Correlational Study of Self-Esteem and Family Relationship among College Students

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The term self-esteem comes from a Greek word meaning "reverence for self'. "The self' part of self-esteem pertains to the values beliefs and attitude that we hold about ourselves. "The esteem" part of selfesteem describe the value and worth that one gives to one self. Self-esteem is the most misunderstood and misused developmental factor. Child-rearing experts in the early 1970s decided that all of the efforts of our society should be devoted to helping children build self-esteem. . Parents were told to love and praise and reinforce and reward and encourage their children no matter what they did. Unfortunately, this approach created children who were selfish and spoiled.

Parents were also led to believe that they had to be sure that their children never felt bad about themselves because it would hurt their self-esteem. So parents did everything they could to protect their children from anything that might create bad feelings. Parents didn't scold their children when they misbehaved. Parents didn't discipline their children when they didn't give their best effort in school. In sum, parents didn't hold their children accountable for their actions, particularly if they made Of course children need to feel loved and protected. This sense of security allows them to feel comfortable venturing out to explore their world. But we have gone way too far in protecting our children from life's harsh realities. In fact, with this preoccupation with protecting our children, those so-called parenting experts neglected to tell parents about the other, equally important contributor to mature and healthy self-esteem. Children need to develop a sense of ownership of their actions, that their actions matter, that their actions have consequences; "If I do good things, good things happen, if I do bad things, bad things happen, and if I do nothing, nothing happens." The goal is to raise children with both components of real self-esteem, in which they not only feel loved and valued, but also have that highly developed sense of ownership. According to James (1990), "Probably the most important attitudes a person develops is the attitude about oneself. This evaluation of oneself is known as self-esteem." "The term self-esteem refers to the evaluation a person makes and customarily maintain with regards to him or herself. A number of studies indicate that there is significant correlation between self-esteem development of an individual and family relationship. Families play a critical role in physical, emotional, spiritual and social development of children. Roe (1957) hypothesized that there types of parental attitudes Acceptance, Concentration and Avoidance differently affects children's self-esteem. Saxena (1968) did study and found that Adolescence who feel adjusted in home situation are those whose parents accept them as fully fledged member of family.

Gail, Donaldson et al. (1991) study on contribution of parent's attachment and family structure to the social and psychological functioning of first year college students. The findings suggest parental attachment are adoptive when combined with a family structure that supports individuation. Parental divorce significantly affects the children's level of self-esteem [Krider ,2002], Brand and Han Cock's study shown that the parental attachment is positively correlated with increased level of self-esteem. Bandura and Majumdar (2009) did study to find out the perceived parents child relations and adolescent self-esteem and found there is significant relationship between students self-esteem and their relations with their parents.

Objective of the study

* To assess selfesteem and family relationship.

* To find out relationship between self-esteem and family relationship.

Hypothesis of the study

* Self-esteem will be positively correlated with Family Relationship.



The sample is taken from college students through random sampling technique. …

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