Self-esteem and extrinsic career success: Test of a dynamic model
Abbreviated Journal Title
Appl. Psychol.-Int. Rev.-Psychol. Appl.-Rev. Int.
LIFE-SPAN; PERSONALITY-TRAITS; JOB-SATISFACTION; SOCIAL IDENTITY; ABILITY; WORK; COMPENSATION; DETERMINANTS; PERSPECTIVE; PERFORMANCE; Psychology, Applied
It has been proposed that one's self-esteem is both a cause and a consequence of one's extrinsic career success, but empirical research examining the direction of these effects is lacking. We tested a model which examines the relationships among self-esteem, education, occupational prestige, and income over a span of seven years during early careers. We use social identity theory to propose that self-esteem will be affected by extrinsic career success, and self-consistency theory to propose that extrinsic career success will be affected by self-esteem. Our results, based on a cross-lagged regression design, suggest that self-esteem increases occupational prestige (beta = .22), and income (beta = .22), but career outcomes did not alter self-esteem. Implications of these results for the study of self-esteem and careers are explored.
Applied Psychology-an International Review-Psychologie Appliquee-Revue Internationale
"Self-esteem and extrinsic career success: Test of a dynamic model" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 510.