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Self-concept and self-esteem in elementary school children

By Paul C. Burnett


Confusion exists with regard to the empirical and substantive link between self-concept and self-esteem in elementary school children and their relationship to self-description, self-evaluation, and global beliefs and feelings about oneself as a person. This study reports the results of investigating the relationships between these self-constructs using 957 elementary school children in Grades 3 to 7. The evidence suggests that self-concept is comprised of both descriptive and evaluative beliefs that children hold about certain characteristics, whereas self-esteem can be viewed as the global feelings and beliefs that children have about themselves as people

Topics: Self-concept, Self-esteem, Children
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 1994
DOI identifier: 10.1002/1520-6807(199404)31:2
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