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Aims and objectives

The event aims and objectives were as follows:
  1. To introduce policy makers, practitioners, teachers and parents to the topic of self-esteem and to what research tells us about what it is, what contributes to self-esteem and to what extent it is important for real life outcomes, particularly education and mental health.
  2. To scotch some of the myths about self-esteem being a panacea and encourage participants to understand the complexity of the issue.
  3. To help participants learn from what American psychologists almost uniformly believe has been America’s mistakes on this topic.
  4. To present participants with how wider cultural issues, such as materialism and individualism, have a negative effect on mental health and how the self-esteem focus may unwittingly amplify this.
  5. To reinforce the importance of the early years and its role in the foundations of mental well-being, self-esteem and confidence.
  6. To direct participants’ attention to diverse, and potentially, more effective ways to promote achivement, encourage skill development and promote well-being such as volunteering, exercise, the arts and the green environment.
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