ERIC Number: ED231585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Self Concept and Sex of Rural Children.
Berryman, Charles; And Others
The study examined the self-concept of rural elementary children to ascertain if differences occur according to sex. The Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale was used to determine cluster scores on: behavior, intellectual and school status, physical appearance and attributes, anxiety, popularity, and happiness and satisfaction. Administered orally by regular classroom teachers because some students read below fifth grade level, the scale was administered to fifth and sixth grade students in three elementary schools in a rural county in Georgia. Minority children comprised 14% of the population, with the 5th grade class containing 76 males and 72 females and the 6th grade class containing 49 males and 72 females. Results indicated that females had significantly lower self-concepts than males at both fifth and sixth grade levels. Girls also had significantly lower cluster scores on physical appearance and attributes, anxiety, popularity, and happiness and satisfaction. Differences appeared to have practical as well as statistical significance. No significant differences by sex were found on behavior and on intellectual and school status cluster scores. Absence of a significant difference on the latter may have reflected the ambiguity of the importance of intellectual status as a separate component of self-concept in either sex in this rural setting. (AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Georgia; Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).