Negative life events predict negative feedback seeking as a function of impact on self-esteem Article

cited authors

  • Pettit, JW; Joiner, TE

fiu authors


  • Self-views have been framed as a driving force behind feedback seeking. Self-esteem and feedback seeking were assessed among college students at two independent times. Participants who experienced negative life events between Time 1 and Time 2 were more likely to experience a drop in self-esteem. Changes in self-esteem led to changes in the valence of feedback seeking (i.e., more positive or negative). The reverse process was not detected. That is, changes in the valence of feedback seeking did not lead to changes in self-esteem. A replication study was conducted, and the same pattern of findings emerged. Theoretical and clinical implications are discussed.

publication date

  • December 1, 2001

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 733

end page

  • 741


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