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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (11): 1712-1722.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01712

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A cross-temporal meta-analysis of changes in Chinese college students’ self-esteem: 1993~2013

SHA Jingying; ZHANG Xiangkui   

  1. (Department of Psychology, School of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China)
  • Received:2016-04-07 Online:2016-11-15 Published:2016-11-15
  • Contact: ZHANG Xiangkui, E-mail:


The present study conducted a cross-temporal meta-analysis of 83 papers that using Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale to investigate Chinese college students’ self-esteem. There are 48384 college students involved in 83 papers and the data collection time ranged from 1993 to 2013. Results showed that: (1) The self-esteem of Chinese college students decreased steadily in the 20 years between 1993 through 2013. Compared to the year of 1993, it dropped 0.86 standard deviations in 2013; (2) Self-esteem of both male and female Chinese college students declined significantly, whereas, self-esteem scores had no significant gender difference; (3) Furthermore, there’s no difference of self-esteem between rural and urban students. Both of them declined significantly.

Key words: self-esteem, college students, cross-temporal meta-analysis, meta-analysis