Pulling yourself up again: Women's choices and strategies for recovering and maintaining self-esteem
Western Journal of Communication
This paper reports possible solutions to problems with self-esteem based on in-depth interviews with 59 adult women. Analysis of the interviews revealed three overall strategy themes important for constructing and maintaining positive self-esteem: (a) communicating and learning in relationships, (b) taking individual action, and (c) changing/maintaining an internal self-perspective through self-talk. The women used the strategy themes together, supporting a more holistic approach to self-esteem than developed previously. The important role of one's internal self-perspective is explained— how the women use self-talk, integrated with the other strategies, to address potentially self-esteem threatening or affirming situations. © 1997 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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Chatham-Carpenter, April and Defrancisco, Victoria, "Pulling yourself up again: Women's choices and strategies for recovering and maintaining self-esteem" (1997). Faculty Publications. 3984.