A self-esteem process framework of the transition to work

  • Reitz, Anne (Principal Investigator)
  • van Doeselaar, Lotte (Researcher)

Project: Research project

Project Details


An individual’s global self-esteem – their subjective evaluation of his or her worth as a person – may change over time and in response to critical life changes. The EU-funded Self-EsteemProcesses project will focus on a young adults’ transition into the workforce and how their self-esteem responds to success and failure. The project aims to provide fresh insight into the mechanisms underlying self-esteem. It will study both macro-level contextual changes and micro-level processes of thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. It will also examine how the resulting changes in state self-esteem (short-term changes) get manifested in trait self-esteem (long-term changes).

Layman's description

We are interested in finding out why some young adults increase and others decrease in their self-esteem during the transition from education to work. We aim to explain these individual differences in change by examining the role of experiences in daily life including motives and emotions.
Effective start/end date1/01/209/03/22


  • Self-esteem
  • Transition to work
  • Young adults
  • Individual Development


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