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Psychologists consider self-esteem as being a human value that can be higher or lower, depending on the life experiences. According to Nathaniel Branden, self-esteem is ‘the ability to confront life's fundamental difficulties without losing hope’. Starting from this definition, it was thought that a study regarding the evaluation of self-esteem in 15-year-old pupils from various environments and social conditions could help spotting those activities based on which the youths can shape and consolidate their self-esteem. The hypothesis that started this study was the following: a hierarchy of the self-esteem components for 15-year-olds could help in increasing their feelings of trust in themselves, by organising and developing certain activities in accordance with their needs. The research was conducted in 2017–2018, on a group of 270 pupils. The study confirmed the hypothesis that the self-esteem level differs according to the pupils’ environment and social conditions as well as to their gender.
Keywords: Youths, belonging, competence.
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