Faculty Publications

Title

Pulling yourself up again: Women's choices and strategies for recovering and maintaining self-esteem

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Western Journal of Communication

Volume

61

Issue

2

First Page

164

Last Page

187

Abstract

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.

Original Publication Date

6-1-1997

DOI of published version

10.1080/10570319709374570

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