Some Interesting Self Esteem Statistics and Fact You Might Not Be Aware Of

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Here are some interesting and insightful self esteem statistics and facts I discovered during the course of my research that really got me thinking.

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A study carried out by Dr Zimet (professor of pediatrics and clinical psychology) revealed that Adolescent boys with high self-esteem are almost 2 and a half times more likely to initiate sexual intercourse than boys with low self-esteem, while Girls with a high self-esteem are three times more likely to delay sexual intercourse than girls with low self-esteem. Source:

Low self-esteem has been linked to violent behaviour, school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, suicide, and low academic achievement. Source: Alexandra Delis-Abrams, Ph.D.

It is estimated that around 50 million Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, ranging from depression to eating disorders. Source: Alexandra Delis-Abrams, Ph.D.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in a worldwide research reports that more deaths are caused by suicide every year than homicide or war. Source: Alexandra Delis-Abrams, Ph.D.

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In a study carried out among some female students, 80% of them claimed that their negative body image was linked to the negative remarks made by friends and family. Source:

A survey carried out by Yong Dai, Ph.D., Rebecca F. Nolan, Ph.D., and Qing Zeng, Ph.D. revealed that adolescents who attended church or other religious institutions are more likely to have a higher self esteem than their peers who have no religious affiliation. It suggests that religious institutions play a part in teaching people how to have a positive self esteem and have a healthy view of themselves.

85% of the world's population are affected by low self esteem. Source: The self esteem book, Dr Joe Rubino.

Low self-esteem is the universal common denominator among literally all people suffering from addictions to any and all mind altering substances such as alcohol, not genes. In the book Alcoholism: A False Stigma: Low Self-Esteem the True Disease, (1996) Candito reports, "Those who have identified themselves as "recovered alcoholics" indicate that low self esteem is the most significant problem in their lives."

Sheriff Block of Los Angeles County stated, "Children join gangs to fulfill the need to belong and the need to feel important. They want to be somebody rather than be a nobody. We must focus on enhancing the self-worth and self esteem of young people so that they do not seek out and need the gang to satisfy these most basic human needs."

Self esteem statistics also show that where self esteem programs have been introduced into the school setting, it has been found that such programs can significantly reduce the incidence of anti-social behavior in schools, as well as reduce vandalism and the incidents of verbal or physical aggression by 40-50%. (Reasoner,1992, Borba, 1999)

Hayes and Fors (1990) report that lower self esteem is often the reason why young girls engage in premarital sexual relationships and is more likely to be responsible for teen pregnancies than any other single factor. They found that as self-esteem decreases, sexual attitudes and behavior become more permissive.

Self esteem Statistics from a study conducted on some teenage mums have shown that 85-90% of the teenage mothers elected to keep their babies rather than give them up for adoption in the belief that a baby will provide the kind of unconditional love and acceptance that they feel they never had. Source:

Studies indicate that a typical profile of young girls who become pregnant include:
Being a poor or disengaged student,
Having low self-esteem,
Lacking basic skills,
Looking for someone to love her or something to love.
and frequently coming from a dysfunctional family or been sexually abused. Source:

From these self esteem statistics and facts we are reminded of how damaging it can be when someone doesn't have a positive view of themselves, it can lead to substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, promiscuity, the list goes on and on.

It becomes apparent that more needs to be done to help people overcome the issue of low self esteem because of the devastating effects it can have on an individual.

This website and the resources available on this website is my way of helping people and equipping people with the skills to overcome low self esteem.

There are also other great self esteem tools and programs that I recommend, which help people win the battle over low self esteem such as Dr Joe Rubino's Ultimate Self Esteem Formula and Jackson Ogunyemi's Live your Dreams Program.

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