Culture, tradition and religious tendencies were some amongst other factors that young people in Leeds advanced as some of the highlight points that sometimes influence their self-esteem. When looking at self-esteem, one must consider the ever-growing young peoples mind. As their minds are developing, cultural differences have a substantial impact on the evolution of their psyche.
The clash of Traditional African values and Western cultures are having a huge impact in young people’s self esteem particularly from our BAME community. Culture contains all the factors that could play a role in developing one’s self-esteem including race, socioeconomic class, gender and age. Looking at the race aspect, young Africans generally receive personal self-esteem because of reflected appraisal from their community but receive a lower personal efficacy because of social and economic inequality. This reveals that race can influence the level of self-esteem.
Self-esteem is a major and important construct, and Its impact on everyday behaviour was pointed out by a considerable number of participants who view individual self-esteem as responsible for a wide range of behaviours ranging from the ability to love, the ability to resist pressure to conform, and the ability to achieve. Self-esteem facilitates functioning in an effective manner in a variety of situations, determining the way people perceive themselves as fulfilled and happy.