Sex differences in the effect of academic achievement on self esteem: A Hong Kong case

Tak-Sing Cheung1
1The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Cite this article:  Cheung, T.-S. (1986). Sex differences in the effect of academic achievement on self esteem: A Hong Kong case. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 14(2), 161-166.

Volume 14 Issue 2 | e510 | Published: August 1986 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1986.14.2.161

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In this paper the controversial issue of whether there are sex differences in the effect of academic achievement on self esteem is investigated. A large scale survey was administered to a representative sample of all the secondary school students in Hong Kong. The results showed that males generally had a higher score on self esteem than females, and that while the self-esteem of males was susceptible to the influence of academic achievement, the same was not true for their female counterparts. Similar findings were established in a recent study carried out in Norway. Explanations were given to account for the similarity.


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