Ozge Sensoy Bahar, William Byansi, Portia Buernarkie Nartey, Abdallah Ibrahim, Alice Boateng, Kingsley Kumbelim, Proscovia Nabunya, Mary M. McKay, Fred M. Ssewamala

Self‐esteem and self‐concept as correlates of life satisfaction and attitudes toward school among Ghanaian girls

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Cultural Studies

AbstractDuring adolescence, youth experience several physical, psychosocial, and cognitive changes. Self‐esteem and self‐concept are identified as protective factors for adolescents in high‐income countries, but studies are limited in sub‐Saharan Africa. We examined the associations of self‐esteem and self‐concept with life satisfaction and attitudes toward school using baseline data from 97 Ghanaian adolescent girls at risk of school dropout. Ordinary Least Squares regression models were fitted to examine the association between self‐esteem and self‐concept on school attitudes and life satisfaction. Self‐esteem was positively associated with life satisfaction. Self‐concept was associated with more positive attitudes toward school. Hence, self‐esteem and self‐concept may be critical protective factors in promoting adolescent girls' life satisfaction and positive attitudes toward school.

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