Friday, April 09, 2010

Smugness at sixty - self-esteem through the lifespan

People's self-esteem reaches a peak at 60 with the highest levels being enjoyed by well-off married men. Ulrich Orth from the University of Basel studied 3,617 American men and women aged between 25 and 104 between 1986 and 2002. The study found that self-esteem peaked at 60 but declined thereafter due to retirement and failing health. Better education, income, health and employment status were all linked to higher self-esteem as was being in a happy marriage. Apart from people in their 80s and 90s women tended to have lower self-esteem than men.

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Michelle said...

i think people who are older need intensive support so that they will not need to dwell with issues like self esteem for women. They should feel happiness everyday.