The Meritocratic Learning Environment and Perceptions of the Self

The emphasis on performance did quite a number on me, to the point that I still have insecurities about my own abilities on my instruments.

Boys vs. Girls in the Battle Over Self-Esteem

The results of this study show a significant decrease in self-esteem over time for females and an increase in self-esteem for males. It is interesting to note that while there were significant differences between gender in self-esteem, there were not significant differences in ethnicity, nor in socioeconomic status.