Propensity to take the agent perspective moderates the relative importance of agency versus communion in self-esteem (but only slightly)

Olga Białobrzeska , Anna Studzińska , Michał Parzuchowski , Wiesław Baryła , Bogdan Wojciszke


The current research focused on individual difference – propensity to take the agent perspective, in order to test if it moderates the well-established relationship between agency and self-esteem. We present three correlational studies examining if propensity to take the agent perspective is related to valuing agentic traits (Preliminary Study, N = 119, mean age = 22.18, 78% female) and if self-ascribed agentic traits are more related to self-esteem among those who highly identify with being agents in the social world compared to those with a lower level of this propensity (meta-analysis of Study 1 and 2, N = 290, mean age = 27.76, 79% female). The meta-analysis of the results supported the moderating effect of propensity to take the agent perspective on the relations between self-ascribed agentic traits and self-esteem. The present studies add an individual differences perspective to the discussion on culture as a moderator of agency based self-esteem. However, considering the small effect size, our research also indicates how universal (not only on cross-cultural but also on the individual level) the association between agency and self-esteem is.
Author Olga Białobrzeska (Wydział Psychologii)
Olga Białobrzeska,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Anna Studzińska
Anna Studzińska,,
, Michał Parzuchowski (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Michał Parzuchowski,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Wiesław Baryła (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Wiesław Baryła,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Bogdan Wojciszke (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Bogdan Wojciszke,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
Journal seriesPersonality and Individual Differences, ISSN 0191-8869, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishAgency and communion, Self-esteem, Propensity to take the agent perspective, Dual Perspective Model
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
10.1016@j.paid.2018.01.018.pdf 307.47 KB
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Score (nominal)35
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.183; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.967 (2) - 2017=2.39 (5)
Citation count*7 (2021-02-27)
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