Asih Rosnaningsih


Early adulthood is the life stage between 12-19 years old; it is the age where young adult experiencing the physical changes of their bodies and craving for psychosocial identity and intimacy. In several cases, young adult might severe low-esteem experience causing personal instability, lack of self confidence, being pessimism, loneliness and others. They need to maintain the desirable personal motivational thrust and positively see the good things around themselves. This study intended to find out whether there is any significant relationship between motivational thrust and students’ self-esteem. A quantitative approach which includes inferential analysis including simple regression analysis was conducted to answer the objective of this study. The population were the fourth semester students of Elementary Teacher Department (PGSD) of Muhammadiyah University class IV-A to IV-F consist of 196 students; the samples were only 35 students.. To collect data, the study used two types of questionnaires.. The result of this study revealed that motivation didnot give significant effect on students’ self-esteem (rcount < rtab). It means that motivation thrust might result as a weak predictor on university students’ self-esteem.

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