Psychological research and popular culture have repeatedly noted that general self-esteem is a positive contributor to well-being and performance indicators across a large variety of domains including education. However, whilst increased self-esteem may have a positive influence on educational outcomes, increasing evidence suggests that perceptions of racial discrimination may simultaneously have a negative impact on these outcomes. The current investigation used structural equation modelling techniques to examine the potential impact of Indigenous Australian students' general self-esteem and perceptions of racial discrimination upon performance on standardised spelling and math achievement measures. The results indicated that general self-esteem did not impact on Indigenous students' performance however, perceived racial discrimination impacted significantly and negatively on performance. In addition, a moderating analysis demonstrated that Indigenous students with a higher general self-esteem were more susceptible to the negative impact of racial discrimination than those with low self-esteem.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Australian Association for Research in Education conference proceedings 2008|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||Australian Association for Research in Education Conference - Brisbane|
Duration: 30 Nov 2008 → 4 Dec 2008
Bodkin-Andrews, G. H., Nelson, G. F., Craven, R. G., Yeung, A. S., & Newey, K. A. (2009). The Failure of general self-esteem: self-esteem’s aggravating affect on racial discrimination’s relation to standardised achievement. Australian Association for Research in Education conference proceedings 2008, 1-16.