Adolescents' self evaluations : the influence of exposure to self evaluations of others

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Cynthia Leonard Bishop (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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J. Allen Watson

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect upon the self evaluations of adolescents of their exposure to the positive self evaluations of other persons. Three hypotheses were explored by the study. The experimenter hypothesized first that changes in adolescents' self evaluations would follow the adolescents' exposure to positive self evaluations of others. Furthermore, it was hypothesized that both the age (position in the life span) and sex of the persons to whose self evaluations the adolescents were exposed would affect the amount of change recorded in the adolescents' self evaluations. The experimental subjects, 45 girls and 45 boys, were randomly selected from the seventh grade population of Asheboro Junior High School, Asheboro, North Carolina, and were assigned at random to one of six experimental groups: adolescent-same sex, adolescent-opposite sex, adult-same sex, adult-opposite sex, old person-same sex, old person-opposite sex. Due to the unavailability of a sufficient number of seventh grade students at Asheboro Junior High School to serve as a control group, 45 girls and 45 boys were selected for this purpose from North Asheboro Junior High School, a similar junior high school located in the same community. Rubin's Self Esteem Scale, the self evaluation measure used in this study, was administered to the control group on two occasions, which were separated by a two-week Interval. No treatment was received by control group subjects during the period between the two administrations of the test.

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Language: English
Date: 1973
Youth $x Psychological testing
Self-evaluation $x Psychological aspects
Self-esteem in adolescence
Adolescent psychology

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