ERIC Number: ED211893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Variability in Self-Presentations to Others: The Effect of Public Self-Consciousness.
It is generally believed that the audience influences one's self-presentation. Research has described the person sensitive to the public aspects of behavior to be in a state of public self-awareness. This construct of public self-consciousness was examined in relation to the individual's self-presentations to several different audiences. A median split of the Public Self-Consciousness subscale divided female undergraduates into high (N=50) and low (N=48) public groups. All subjects completed a self-concept measure, rating themselves on 20 bipolar adjectives representing general personality factors, and then used the same 20 adjective items to describe their actions in the presence of 5 persons (mother, best female friend, best male friend, a disliked person, and a professor). Results showed that high public subjects were more variable than low public subjects in their self-reported behaviors across the different audiences and showed greater discrepancy between their general self-image and specific self-presentations. The findings support the validity of the public self-consciousness construct. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Presentations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (52nd, New York, NY, April 22-25, 1981).