The Relationship between Self-Esteem and Psychological Symptoms for University Students


1 Gazi University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Beşevler/Ankara 06500, Türkiye

2 Specialty Therapist, Türkiye

3 Hacettepe University, Faculty of Nursing, Sıhhıye/Ankara. 06500, Türkiye

4 Beykent University Vocational School Medical Services Section, İstanbul 34500, Türkiye

5 Gazi University Vocational Education Faculty, Beşevler, Ankara 06500, Türkiye

6 Gazi University Health Services Vocational School, Gölbaşı, Ankara 06500, Türkiye


AbstractIntroduction: This descriptive study aims to determine the effects of self-esteem on psychological symptoms among university students. The research sample consists of 764 university students.Methods: The Student Information Form, Brief Symptom Inventory and Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory were used for data collection and SPSS.15 was used for/in data analysis.Results: The statistical significance level was accepted as .05. The study results show that the self-esteem score of the students is moderate and the highest BSI score of the sample belongs to the Interpersonal Sensitivity subscale, which is followed by the OCD and Hostility Subscale scores. Girls are found to have higher self-esteem scores than boys and those with good economic status and higher education level are found to have higher self-esteem scores than the others.Conclusion: Our results revealed a negative correlation between self-esteem scores and all BSI subscale scores except for hostility. This indicates a strong correlation between self-esteem and psychological symptoms.


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