Self-Esteem, Emotional Regulation and Resilience: A Study of Gender differences among Adolescents

Smita Desai, Madhura Pathare, Madhura Gurav and Anvesha Fomra
Drishti Foundation Trust, Bangalore

Pages: 138-143

Adolescence, a pivotal stage of human development, is marked by physiological,
psychological and social-emotional changes which contribute remarkably to the quality
of life experiences. Gender plays a significant role in shaping these experiences
of adolescents in various ways. These gender dynamics influence self-perception,
identity formation, emotional regulation, and resilience play a critical role in shaping an
adolescent’s well-being and response to challenges. This quantitative research study
examines the gender differences in self-esteem, emotional regulation and resilience
among adolescents. The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSE, 1979), Difficulties with
Emotional Regulation Scale-Short Form (DERS-SF, 2015), and the Brief Resilience
Scale (BRS, 2008) were used to collect self-report measures of 60 adolescents (M=29,
F=31), aged 11-19 years (M=15.33) in Mumbai & Bengaluru (India). The preliminary
findings revealed a significant difference between the male and female gender in the
study sample on the variable of resilience. No statistically significant gender differences
were observed on the variables of self-esteem and difficulties with emotional regulation.
This study recommends to the stakeholder’s measures to foster the holistic well-being
of adolescents, and some differential measures for both males and females.

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