ERIC Number: ED226263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Changes in Self-Definition: A Self-Evaluation Maintenance Strategy.
Tesser, Abraham; Campbell, Jennifer
This paper describes the Self-Evaluation Maintenance Model (SEM), developed by psychologists to learn more about stability and change in self-definition. An initial section discusses the situational-motivational processes assumed necessary for individuals to maintain a positive self-evaluation, i.e., a reflection process and a comparison process. Experimental tests of the model along with research results are explained. An interpretational questions, dealing with public versus private self-evaluation maintenance, is discussed. A final section discusses the SEM model in relation to other approaches to self-definition, i.e., the situational and the ontogenetic. Directions for future research are indicated. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Evaluation Maintenance Model
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).