Self-esteem stress and locus of control amongst adolescence in relation to age and gender

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Olatunji, Idowu
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The purpose of the study was to determine the effects of self-esteem on stress and locus of control with the consideration of gender and age. 73 participants were surveyed with the use of convenience sampling, through a correlational design. Data was collected in a school amongst adolescence. Rosenberg’s (1965) Self-Esteem Scale, Rotter’s (1966) Children’s Locus of Control Scale, Cohen’s (1984) Perceived Stress Scale and two demographic questions were used to determine the main research question. There was no significant difference between gender and self-esteem. However, a significant relationship between stress and self-esteem was found. A negative correlation was found between age and self-esteem. Stress and self-esteem were found to be a weak predictor for age groups. A multiple regression determined a positive relationship between self-esteem and stress and self-esteem and gender