In the present era, education in India is facing many challenges. The problems of education are direct results of several factors, which act heavily up to on personality and achievement of the students.  Adolescence is the time when a person begins to explore himself or herself, attempting to define one’s own self and gaining insight into one’s own personality. One of the most important aspects of the select concept is our self-esteem and the self-esteem is influenced by a wide variety of factors. Self-esteem is the value each of us places on our own characteristics, abilities and behaviours (Slavin, 1997). Self-esteem indicated that the extent to which we believe ourselves to be significant, capable and worth. Self-esteem is generally applied to feeling of worthiness.

             Adjustment is the process by which a living organism maintains a balance between it need and the circumstances that influences the satisfactions of these needs. This broad two field division is consistent with the common practice of classifying adjustment difficulties in to social adjustment and personal adjustment problem. Social adjustment is the process where by the individual attempts to maintain or further inclinations in the fact of the ever changing conditions and pressures of his social environment or the state or conditions attained through such efforts. Social adjustment and self – esteem have influence on the academic achievement of students. Therefore, social adjustment and self-esteem are considered to be very important factor at the stage of school education as this has a significant effect on academic achievement.

            The present study thus tries to find out how certain factors related to social adjustment and self-esteem influences higher secondary school Commerce students’ academic proficiency.  It is in this context the investigator decided to find out the relationship between social adjustments, self-esteem of academic achievement of Commerce students at higher secondary school level.. There is no significant difference in the self esteem of Commerce student at higher secondary level in Thiruvananthapuram district with respect to their gender, locale, religion, type of management of school and parent’s monthly income.

[1]PGT, Dr.GR Public School, Neyyttinkaraa

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