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dc.contributor.authorLakey, Chad Eric
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-03T23:27:26Z
dc.date.available2014-03-03T23:27:26Z
dc.date.issued2005-12
dc.identifier.otherlakey_chad_e_200512_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/lakey_chad_e_200512_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/22948
dc.description.abstractIn this research, I sought to examine defensiveness as a potential consequence of fragile, as opposed to secure, high self-esteem. Participants completed measures of Self-Esteem Level, Self-Esteem Stability, Contingent Self-Esteem, and Implicit Self-Esteem, all of which are purported markers of the secure versus fragile self-esteem distinction (Kernis, 2003). Participants then completed a structured interview in which responses to self-threatening questions were rated for verbal defensiveness along the dimensions of awareness and distortion (Feldman Barrett, 2002). I hypothesized that defensiveness would be markedly high among individuals with fragile high self-esteem, while especially low among individuals with secure high self-esteem. A series of hierarchical regression analyses reveled significant Level x Stability, Level x Contingent, and Level x Implicit self-esteem interactions. As hypothesized, among individuals possessing high self-esteem, unstable, contingent, and low implicit self-esteem was associated with especially high defensiveness, whereas stable, low contingent and high implicit self-esteem related to particularly low defensiveness.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectSECURE
dc.subjectFRAGILE
dc.subjectSTABLE
dc.subjectCONTINGENT
dc.subjectIMPLICIT
dc.subjectSELF-ESTEEM
dc.subjectDEFENSIVENESS
dc.titleSecure versus fragile high self-esteem and verbal defensiveness
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentPsychology
dc.description.majorPsychology
dc.description.advisorMichael H. Kernis
dc.description.committeeMichael H. Kernis
dc.description.committeeW. Keith Campbell
dc.description.committeeLeonard L. Martin


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