Conference Paper BHPS-2007 Conference: the 2007 British Household Panel Survey Research Conference, 5 July -7 July 2007, Colchester, UK
Modelling trajectories of self-esteem in the British Household Panel Study -abstract-
As a research area, geographies of children and young people have seen an appreciable rise in interest, followed by a growing body of rigorous qualitative work into the place-based experiences of young people. Young people’s identity and its development is an issue that concerns several geographers in this field. However, there is a notable gap in this knowledge. Firstly, few geographical studies examine aspects of psychological state specifically as an outcome, and secondly, few utilise quantitative techniques which can be used to contextualise change in individuals’ lifestyles and psychological state over several years.
This study uses the British Youth Panel to model how self-esteem is variable in adolescents over time, and across wider social contexts such as the household and neighbourhood. The study draws on information from all the waves sampled between 1994-2005 and pools information to create a completely balanced dataset of 781 individuals with full data at ages 11-15 on self-esteem, perceptions of parental and family relationships, and happiness with friends and school.
Preliminary results from the first stage of the analysis are reported. These relate to the use of a growth curve modelling approach to examine both within-individual (with increasing age) and between-individual level variation in self-esteem. Individual level predictors, both time varying and time-constant, will be evaluated, with a view to providing the most parsimonious statistical model of how self-esteem varies within and between individuals given the available data.
These results will be discussed in terms of similar studies conducted in social psychology and how they also might relate to qualitative observations in geographical studies of children. The next stage of analysis, which will aim to contextualise this individual model within wider, will also be discussed briefly.