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| Published: December 25, 2019

Self-esteem and perception control among young people: Is there a link?

Ms Pavana Sivakumar

Centre for Behavioural Sciences and Research, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kalamassery, Kochi, Kerala, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Prof. Sanju George

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology Centre for Behavioural Sciences and Research Rajagiri College of Social Sciences Kalamassery, Kochi, Kerala, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.003/20190704

DOI: 10.25215/0704.003

ABSTRACT

Perception Control is the conscious desire of an individual to control how others perceive them. It is similar to self-presentation and other impression management techniques. Our study looked at whether there is a relationship between self-esteem and perception control among young people, and also if there are age and/or gender-related differences in perception control and self-esteem. We conducted this study, using a convenient sampling method, in 305 young people aged 15 to 24 years. The variables of self-esteem and perception control were measured using Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem Scale and Perception Control Scale respectively. Data was analysed using Spearman’s Rank Correlation, and difference in perception control and self-esteem based on age and gender was analysed using T-Test and Mann-Whitney U Test respectively. We found that self-esteem was negatively correlated with perception control and negatively predicted perception control. There was no significant difference in perception control and self-esteem based on gender, but there was a significant difference in perception control based on age. Our findings can help people create awareness about impression management, self-presentation and perception control techniques. Mental health care professionals can use this study’s findings to help their clients in refraining from the use of false self-presentation techniques and can also help people understand their self –worth and gain self-respect.

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Prof. Sanju George @ sanjugeorge531@gmail.com

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.003/20190704

DOI: 10.25215/0704.003

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Published in   Volume 07, Issue 4, October- December, 2019

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