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Title: Steady dating and self-esteem in high school students

Synopsis: The relationship between self-esteem and the practice of going steady among high school students was investigated. Information was gathered about both current and past dating practices of 121 sophomores and the respondents' self-esteem was assessed with the Rosenberg scale. Results indicated that going steady among high school sophomores was associated with lower self-esteem. For girls, the difference in self-esteem between those who were going steady and those who were not was greatest among those who had gone steady in the past. Girls with the highest self-esteem were those who had gone steady in the past and were no longer doing so, while the lowest self-esteem scores were held by girls who had gone steady in the past and were still going steady. For boys, however, the difference in self-esteem between those who were going steady and those who were not was unrelated to their past dating practices. Possible interpretations of this unexpected, but highly significant, interaction were suggested. Copyright 1994, 1999 Academic Press steady, dating, self-esteem, high, school, students, relationship, self-esteem, practice, going, steady, high, school, students, investigated, information, gathered, current, past, dating, practices, 121, sophomores, respondents, self-esteem, assessed, rosenberg, scale, results, indicated, going, steady, high, school, sophomores, associated, lower, self-esteem, girls, difference, self-esteem, going, steady, greatest, gone, steady, past, girls, highest, self-esteem, gone, steady, past, longer, doing, lowest, self-esteem, scores, held, girls, gone, steady, past, going, steady, boys, difference, self-esteem, going, steady, unrelated, past, dating, practices, possible, interpretations, unexpected, highly, significant, interaction, suggested, copyright, 1994, 1999, academic, press,

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