A review of the literature indicates a growing interest among researchers seeking to understand psychological well- being. However, relatively few studies on the subject have been conducted in South Africa.
The aim of the study was to ascertain self-esteem and life satisfaction as indicators of psychological well-being among a sample of South African mothers and their children.
Participants were a convenience sample of 245 mothers and their children residing in Cape Town, South Africa. Data was collected using the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory and Satisfaction with Life Scale.
The results showed that the majority of mothers and children attained medium scores on measures of self-esteemand satisfaction with life.
The data also showed a significant positive relationship [r = .14, p < .05] between mother and child self-esteem levels. For both mothers and children, satisfaction with life levels was significantly related to self-esteem levels. The implications of these findings are discussed.