Is self-esteem a "double edged sword"? Self-esteem and the onset of adolescent sexual activity

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Favara, Marta;
  • Publisher: Bonn: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
  • Subject: self-esteem | O51 | I12 | J13 | self-esteem, adolescent's sexual behaviour, Add Health, instrumental variable model | adolescent's sexual behaviour | Add Health | instrumental variable model
    • jel: jel:J13 | jel:O51 | jel:I12
      ddc: ddc:330
    mesheuropmc: behavior and behavior mechanisms | humanities | behavioral disciplines and activities | social sciences

Self-esteem has been conceptualized as a "social vaccine". The belief is that high self-esteem can inoculate young people, against vulnerability to a wide range of social illnesses. This study gives a contribution in the understanding of the causal relation between self... View more
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