The research examined the relationship between multiple social identifications and self-esteem. Early adolescents (M=11.4, SD=.95) and mid-adolescents (M=15.9, SD=1.18) from Germany and Israel (n=2337) were studied. Respondents described their social identification as students, family members, and as members of the majority national group and reported self-esteem. A longitudinal, cross-sectional and cross-cultural design revealed, as predicted, multiple social identifications related positively to self-esteem concurrently; they also related positively to self-esteem longitudinally over the course of a year. Moreover, multiple social identifications were found to be antecedent to self-esteem, not vice versa. Finally, multiple social identifications were found to decrease over time. The article discusses the contribution of multiple social identifications to self-esteem at different ages and in various contexts.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Adolescence|
|State||Published - 1 Oct 2015|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The study was supported by a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
© 2015 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.
- Multiple social identities
- Social identification
- Social identity
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Social Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health