Journal of Adult Development

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 295–303 | Cite as

Study on the Relationship Among Perceived Emotionally Painful Events in Schools and Families, Self-esteem, and Health Problems of University Students in Taiwan

  • Fu-Yuan HongEmail author
  • Kuang-Tsan Cheng
  • Thi Phuong Thao Tran


This study treated 321 university students in Taiwan as the subjects, of which 59.8% are males and 40.2% are females. The investigation included a scale of the classmates’ emotionally painful events, a scale of the teachers’ emotionally painful events, a scale of the siblings’ emotionally painful events, a scale of the parents’ emotionally painful events, Rosenberg’s self-esteem scale, and a scale of health problems. Using the structural equation model, this study conducted data analysis. The findings of this study recognized the kinds of emotionally painful events that could significantly predict university students’ self-esteem and health problems, and demonstrated that self-esteem could be a protective factor for the effects of emotionally painful events from classmates on health problems.


Harmful feelings Painful events Self-esteem Health problems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Institute of Professional Development in EducationDa-Yeh UniversityChanghuaRepublic of China
  2. 2.Department of Finance and Acturial ScienceAlethiea UniversityNew Taipei CityRepublic of China
  3. 3.College of ManagementDa-Yeh UniversityChanghuaRepublic of China

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