ERIC Number: ED290255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Measuring the Relationship between Academic Self-Perceptions and Global Self-Worth: The Self-Perception Profile for Learning Disabled Students.
Renick, Mari Jo
The study examined the relationship between perceptions of intellectual ability, competence at specific academic subjects, and feelings of global self-worth in 166 learning disabled (LD) adolescents (ages 12-18) attending a private school for LD students. It used the Self-Perception Profile for Learning Disabled Students developed by M. J. Renick and S. Harter which contains subscales tapping students' Social Acceptance, Athletic Competence, Behavioral Conduct, Physical Appearance, and Global Self-Worth, in addition to separate subscales measuring LD students' perceptions of intellectual ability and competence at reading, spelling/writing, and math. The results indicated that: (1) LD students revealed higher perceptions of intellectual ability than perceived competence in each of the academic domains; (2) the degree to which students feel they are intelligent has little relationship to their academic performance; (3) self-worth is correlated more highly with perceived intellectual ability than with academic performance; and (4) for this sample, perceptions of intelligence and self-worth increase with age while academic performance decreases slightly. Variances in findings from an earlier study indicate that socialization factors may be more favorable in a private academic program for LD students than in public school resource rooms. (Author/VW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987).