ERIC Number: ED253556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan-15
Reference Count: 0
Global Self-Esteem: Its Relation to Weighted Averages of Specific Facets of Self-Concept.
Marsh, Herbert W.
Theory and common sense posit that the effect of a specific facet of self-concept on Global Esteem will vary with the importance placed on that facet, but no support for this interactive hypothesis was found. Unweighted averages of 12 distinct dimensions of self-concept from the Self Description Questionnaire III correlated about .7 with Global Esteem, but weighting each facet by the importance assigned to it by the entire group, by diverse subgroups, or by each individual made no difference. Even "random number" weights did almost as well, while optimal weights derived from multiple regression did only slightly better, suggesting that differential weighting has little effect. Nevertheless, weak support for the hypothesis was found for the Spiritual and Physical Abilities facets, and these were the two facets where the importance ratings varied the most. Though Global Esteem was reasonably well predicted by the specific facets, few specific facets were adequately predicted by Global Esteem, arguing against the sole reliance on a single global measure in self-concept research. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Australia; Self Description Questionnaire III