For other children, however, being ignored or rejected by peers may be a lasting problem that has lifelong consequences, such as a dislike for school, poor self-esteem, social withdrawal, and difficulties with adult relationships.
Even when treated, rape and sexual assault can cause poor self-esteem, sexual dysfunction and impaired sexual and personal relations, insomnia, anxiety, eating disorders, and other psychological symptoms that last into adulthood.
Fitting in with their peers becomes more important than ever to their self-esteem, and, in later adolescence, relationships with the opposite sex (or sometimes the same sex) can become a major source of confidence or insecurity.
No wonder we have such issues with self-esteem running rampant throughout the lives of our youth when this is what they have to compare themselves to - perfectly coifed hair, flawless makeup, and even more flawless bodies.
However, in all circumstances, it is essential to gear activities to the proper intellectual and physical level of each person while ensuring a positive result and promoting feelings of success and improved self-esteem.