AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThe concept of self-respect has received little attention in the psychological literature and is not clearly distinguished from self-esteem. The present research sought to empirically investigate the bases of self-respect by manipulating adherence to morals together with interpersonal appraisals, or task-related competence, in hypothetical scenarios (Studies 1a and 1b) and a situation participants relived (Studies 2 and 3). Participants’ levels of state self-respect and self-esteem were measured. Studies 1-3 found main effects of adherence to morals on self-respect, with self-respect mediating the effect of adherence to morals on self-esteem, but little support for competence and interpersonal appraisals directly influencing self-respect. Self-respect uniquely contributed to anticipated/felt self-esteem alongside competence or interpersonal appraisals. The pattern of results supports the conceptualisation of self-respect as a component of self-esteem associated with morally principled conduct, distinct from performance and social self-esteem. The findings have implications for our understanding of self-esteem and moral behaviour.
CitationClucas, C. (2020). Understanding self-respect and its relationship to self-esteem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(6), 839-855. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167219879115
DescriptionThis document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in [Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin]. To access the final edited and published work see http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0146167219879115.
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