The "Dark Side"" of Self-Esteem: Examining the Relation Between Overly-Positive Self-Perceptions and Aggressive Behavior in Adolescents

Doctoral Dissertation


Overly positive self-perceptions have been generally associated with psychological health. Recent research has suggested, however, that these overly positive perceptions may also be associated with aggressive or violent behavior. The current study examined the relation between aggressive behavior and self-perceptions in an adolescent population (grades 7-12). We examined both cross-sectional and longitudinal relations, and looked at both change in individual differences and individual differences in change. We examined all longitudinal hypotheses bi-directionally. We used multi-dimensional measures of self-concept that are tailored specifically to assess domains relevant to adolescents.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-12042003-114249

Author Kit Brandon Hoffman
Advisor David A. Cole
Contributor Bill Bruinsma, Committee Member
Contributor Anre Venter, Committee Member
Contributor Scott Maxwell, Committee Member
Contributor David Smith, Committee Member
Contributor David A. Cole, Committee Chair
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Psychology
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2003-09-08

Submission Date 2003-12-04
  • United States of America

  • adolescent

  • aggression

  • self-esteem

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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