Stability of Self-Esteem as a Moderator of the Relation Between Level of Self-Esteem and Depression

Michael H. Kernis, Bruce D. Grannemann, Lynda C. Mathis

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The hypothesis that stability of self-esteem would moderate the predictive relationship between level of self-esteem and depression was tested. Specifically, level of self-esteem was hypothesized to relate more strongly to subsequent depression for individuals with stable self-esteem than for individuals with unstable self-esteem. Results strongly supported this hypothesis. Implications for the relation between level of self-esteem and depression, and for the moderator variable approach to personality and prediction, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-84
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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