Study: Self-esteem fluctuates with age

April 21, 2010

Self-esteem appears to increase as people grow older but dips when people are in their 60s. But a new study did find those who make more money and are healthier in their 60s tend to retain better views of themselves.

Young people had the lowest self-esteem. But it grew as people aged, peaking at about 60.

Women had lower self-esteem than men, on average, until they reached their 80s and 90s.

Scientists reporting in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology say midlife is a time of highly stable family and romantic relationships, while older adults may be experiencing empty nest, retirement and obsolete works skills in addition to declining health.

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