ERIC Number: ED326564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Some Self-Concept Scales for Young Children.
Burns, John L.; Christenberry, Nola J.
Three measures of self-concept or self-esteem and one measure of social competency development, designed for young children, are assessed. The instruments assessed include: (1) the Martinek-Zaichkowski Self-Control Scale for Children (MZSCSC); (2) the Behavioral Academic Self-Esteem Scale (BASE); (3) the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale (PHCSC); and (4) the Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Social Competency (KIDSc). Salient aspects of the 25-item MZSCSC, which was normed for children in grades 1 through 8, include adaptability to children without verbal skills, minimal discrimination among children with adequate self-concepts, assessment of effects of teaching styles, and minimal testing of psychometric properties. Salient aspects of the BASE, which was normed for children in kindergarten through grade 8 and for 4-year-old preschoolers, include a strong factor structure, a range of applications, and substantial data on psychometric properties. Salient aspects of the PHCSCS, which is a self-report measure for children and adolescents, include: a strong factor structure; substantial data on psychometric properties; applicability to screening, clinical, and educational purposes for individuals; and program and intervention evaluation. The KIDSc may provide a measure of self-concept accepting assumptions similar to the PHCSCS, but it is limited to events related to kindergarten. The primary value of the KIDSc as an indicator of self-concept would be for a narrow age range and in a narrow focus (academic/school related rather than global). A 36-item list of references and a 15-item bibliography of other self-concept measures are included. (TJH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Development, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Factor Structure, Interpersonal Competence, Kindergarten Children, Psychometrics, Rating Scales, Screening Tests, Self Concept Measures, Self Esteem, Test Use, Test Validity, Young Children
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Behavioral Academic Self Esteem Scale; Kindergarten Inven Developing Social Competency; Martinek Zaichkowski Self Concept Scale Children; Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (19th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1990).