With their self-assessments at a high point, many girls and young women are making good progress toward their goal of becoming women, said Karen Koehler, the director of the U.S. Center for the Study of Women and Gender at Rutgers University.
“The message is that self-respect is a skill and the best way to have self-actualization is to be confident and competent,” Koehl said.
Koehnes findings come from a survey of 1,100 young women and girls aged 12 to 17 in three U.K. universities.
The survey asked them to identify the four key factors that they believed could be used to help them achieve their goal, including self-acceptance, self-worth, self esteem and confidence.
The factors are self-compassion, respect for others, self worth, and self-efficacy.
These four attributes are crucial to self esteem because they allow women to identify with who they are, said Koehls co-author, Rachel Leggett, a research psychologist at the University of Cambridge.
“We need to recognize that we’re in this to have good self-perception and we need to accept who we are,” said Leggetts.
“This is a really important first step.
This is the beginning.”
Koehs study is not a scientific one.
But it’s not an isolated experience.
“It’s really good for us to understand how these things work,” said Kuehler.
“If you have a lot of self-doubt, then you’re going to get less self-confidence and you’re not going to have as much confidence in yourself.”
The researchers say their findings may help improve self-concept in young women.
Kuehles research shows that young women who see themselves as confident and self enough to lead are also more likely to pursue career and educational goals and have better self-reputation.
“When young women see themselves that way, they feel more confident and more self-confident and more confident in themselves,” said Mollie Molloy, a professor of psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and co-director of the university’s Centre for Women and Social Policy.
Leggets study shows that confidence in your own self-knowledge is also related to self self-appraisal.
Self-esteem and self esteem are not only linked but also have an effect on how much confidence you need to feel confident in your life.
“You may have a feeling of self worth or self esteem but you may not have a sense of self esteem or self confidence,” said Shelli.
“That is, you might have a strong sense of yourself and you don’t feel like you have the ability to get there.
That’s one of the challenges that girls and women face in life and in their relationships,” said Dr. Shelli, who co-wrote a commentary on the study for Psychology Today.
“They feel like they are not good enough, but they are also not goodenough to actually be in the relationship or have a relationship.
So that makes you feel like there’s a lack of quality in your relationship.”
“That’s really interesting because it makes us think about how we can build self-empowerment,” said Mariah Hirsch, a researcher at the Harvard Business School and author of the Psychology Today commentary.
“In the first study that I did, I had a young woman who was working in a restaurant.
“So what does that tell us? “
She thought she could get a better job in a better company and in the restaurant,” said Hirsch.
“So what does that tell us?
It tells us that maybe, you know, I can get a good job.
Maybe I’m not good at it.”
Leggitts research shows self-identification with confidence is a key driver of self improvement.
She also found that confidence was a key predictor of satisfaction with their self image.
Kiehls research suggests self-regard and confidence in self-approval may be crucial for helping girls become more confident.
“One of the ways we have improved our self-image is by improving self-reliance,” said L. Kelly Koehm, an assistant professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education who was not involved in the research.
“People who are more confident say that they are more self responsible and they are less worried about things in life.
They’re less worried, less self anxious and less anxious.”
Kuehls research also shows that girls who were more confident with themselves as young adults were more likely than those who weren’t to engage in risky behavior.
Koghely’s research also found a strong correlation between self-assertiveness and confidence, with women who had more self assertiveness