Italian youth subculture: Collection, self-esteem, and self-efficacy

Gabriella Pravettoni, Massimo Miglioretti

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63 young people (M age = 23.9 yr., SD = 2.4, 50 men, 13 women) belonging to four subculture groups (New American Punk, Cyberpunk, Trash Style, and Rasta-Hippy) were studied to examine the relationship between self-esteem, self-efficacy, and the development of a body modification collection. A survey was created to evaluate quality of life, risk behaviour, and body modification. Self-esteem and self-efficacy were assessed using the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale and General Perceived Self-efficacy Scale. Belonging to a group which permits neglect of standard norms of communal life makes it possible to avoid facing up to low self-esteem. Adherence to a group appears, from the results of this study, to be correlated with self-efficacy; inability to cope with life situations suggests a state of malaise in these young people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-576
Number of pages13
JournalPsychological Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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