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date: 19 July 2019

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In this chapter, the authors review research on self-esteem and self-concept in emerging adulthood. Drawing from traditional cognitive-developmental theories of self-development, as well as dialogical theories, they take a narrative approach to argue that emerging adults story their selves by engaging with cultural processes that emerge via media (e.g., television, movies, books, Facebook). The authors offer some suggestions for bridging cognitive-developmental and dialogical theories in the context of narrative construction of personal selves as they intersect with larger cultural stories.

Keywords: Self-concept, self-esteem, emerging adulthood, narrative, culture, media

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