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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (9) : 1499-1507     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01499
Meta-Analysis |
A Meta-Analysis of the Relationship between Self-esteem and Mental Health: the Sample of Chinese College Students
GAO Shuang; ZHANG Xiangkui; XU Xiaolin
(Department of Psychology, School of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China)
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Abstract  

A meta-analysis was conducted to investigate the relationship between self-esteem and mental health of Chinese college students.Analysis of 30 studies (N = 14673) met the criteria for inclusion in the meta-analysis. The result of meta-analysis showed : self-esteem had medium negative correlation to the factors of SCL-90, and self-esteem had significant effect on mental health. There was a higher significant correlation between self-esteem and depression, anxiety and interpersonal sensitivity. moderator analyses revealed that geographical distribution have significant moderating effects on these relationship between self-esteem and the factors of SCL-90. The results suggest that self-esteem is an important influencing factor to mental health.In particular, self-esteem is also predictive significantly to depression, anxiety and interpersonal sensitivity of mental health.

Keywords self-esteem      mental health      meta-analysis      moderator effect     
Corresponding Authors: ZHANG Xiangkui, E-mail: zhangxk@nenu.edu.cn   
Issue Date: 15 September 2015
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GAO Shuang,ZHANG Xiangkui,XU Xiaolin. A Meta-Analysis of the Relationship between Self-esteem and Mental Health: the Sample of Chinese College Students[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(9): 1499-1507.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01499     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2015/V23/I9/1499
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