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Increase in value; improvement.

Enhancement is generally used to mean an increase in the market value of property that is the result of an improvement.

The enhancement of a criminal penalty means the increase of punishment, such as by increasing a jail sentence. This type of enhancement might be affected when the criminal's motive is found to be particularly depraved.

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An open trial of outpatient group therapy for bulimic disorders: combination program of cognitive behavioral therapy with assertive training and self-esteem enhancement. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 59(6), 690-696.
Self-esteem enhancement to reinforce positive health behaviors.
Self-esteem enhancement is a component of many school health curricula largely due to its relationship to adolescent health behavior and its purported amenability to improvement.[1-6] Gurney[7] reviewed school-based intervention studies which attempted to enhance student self-esteem and concluded that self-esteem can be enhanced, particularly if parents participate in the enhancement efforts.
Strategies promoting the Mexican-American adolescent female's body image should include techniques for self-esteem enhancement. While parents form the foundation for a child's self-esteem, educators also have a responsibility.
Self-esteem enhancement frequently is recommended as a component for interventions since the literature indicates at least some areas of self-esteem are associated with youth substance use.|11~ Unfortunately, studies examining this association measured the construct of self-esteem without using a standardized definition or instrument.
Health education, as other school curricula, includes self-esteem enhancement as part of its educational outcome.