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Self-esteem and self-efficacy in the status attainment process and the multigenerational transmission of advantage

Burger, K; Mortimer, J; Johnson, MK; (2020) Self-esteem and self-efficacy in the status attainment process and the multigenerational transmission of advantage. Social Science Research , 86 , Article 102374. 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2019.102374. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite considerable evidence of the importance of self-esteem and self-efficacy for agentic, goal-oriented behavior, little attention has been directed to these psychological dimensions in the status attainment literature. The present research uses data from the longitudinal, three-generation Youth Development Study (N = 422 three-generation triads) to examine the extent to which adolescent self-esteem and economic self-efficacy affect adult educational and income attainment, and whether these psychological resources are transmitted from one generation to the next, accumulating advantage across generations. We present evidence indicating that both self-esteem and economic self-efficacy are implicated in the attainment process. Adolescent economic self-efficacy had a direct positive effect on adult educational attainment and an indirect effect through educational plans. The influence of self-esteem on adult educational attainment was entirely indirect, through school achievement. We also find evidence that economic self-efficacy was transmitted from parents to children. We conclude that future research should more broadly consider psychological resources in attainment processes from a longitudinal multigenerational perspective.

Type: Article
Title: Self-esteem and self-efficacy in the status attainment process and the multigenerational transmission of advantage
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2019.102374
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2019.102374
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Self-appraisals, Psychological resources, Social psychology, Adolescence, Life course, Three-generation study
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084543
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