Contingency as a moderator of the effect of domain self-esteem on global self-esteem

Junsheng Hu1, Ye Yang2, Dengfeng Wang2, Yang Liu3
1Peking University and Jinggangshan University, People’s Republic of China
2Peking University, People’s Republic of China
3Beijing Forest University, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Hu, J., Yang, Y., Wang, D., & Liu, Y. (2008). Contingency as a moderator of the effect of domain self-esteem on global self-esteem. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 36(6), 851-864.

Volume 36 Issue 6 | e1747 | Published: July 2008 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2008.36.6.851

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The aim in this study was to examine whether contingency of domain self-esteem moderates the effect of domain self-esteem on global self-esteem. Chinese university students (N = 320) completed the Contingencies of Self-worth Scale and the Self-worth Questionnaire (both by Yang, Hu, Pang, & Wang, 2007) and the Chinese version (Robinson, Shaver, & Wrightsman, 1997) of the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965). Results indicated that in domains that the individual could control, such as ability or behavior style, domain self-esteem directly influenced global self-esteem; in domains that the individual could not control, such as appearance and nationality, contingency of domain self-esteem moderated the effect of domain self-esteem on global self-esteem. Cultural differences in contingencies of domain self-esteem are also discussed.

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