ERIC Number: ED256773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-25
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The Hierarchical Structure of Self-Concept: An Application of Hierarchical Confirmatory Factor Analysis. Revision.
Marsh, Herbert W.
This investigation: (1) tested the ability of an a priori hierarchical structure of self-concept derived from the Shavelson model to explain responses to the Self Description Questionnaire III (SDQ III); and (2) demonstrated the application and problems with the use of hierarchical confirmatory factor analysis. A first-order factor analysis clearly identified the 13 facets of self-concept that the SDQ III is designed to measure. A series of hierarchical models clearly supported the separation of the 13 SDQ III facets of self-concept into academic and nonacademic components, and the academic facets into math/academic and verbal/academic components. However, support for the physical, social, and moral second-order factors was less clear. Third-order hierarchical models resulted in a clearly defined hierarchical general self-concept that was substantially related to general esteem, and to physical, social and emotional components of self-concept, but not to the academic and moral values components. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Description Questionnaire