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ERIC Number: ED313633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 15
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Self-Esteem of American and Chinese Children: A Cross-Cultural Comparison.
Chiu, Lian-Hwang
The construct of self-esteem has received considerable attention in recent years. Self-esteem is defined as a personal judgment of worthiness that is expressed in attitudes that individuals hold for themselves. This study compared self-esteem of American and Chinese children. Subjects included 446 American elementary school students from the midwest and 437 Chinese elementary school students from Taiwan. Subjects were administered the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory, Form B. The Self-Esteem Rating Scale for Children was also given to the teachers for use in rating the children's self-esteem. The results indicated that American children had higher self-esteem scores than did their Chinese counterparts on both self-esteem measures. The cultural differences in self-esteem cannot be explained satisfactorily in terms of the self-effacing tendency among Chinese children. Chinese children probably receive less respectful treatment because they live in authoritarian families where the parents make the decisions and the children are expected to obey. Chinese students in unidimensional classrooms seem to have fewer opportunities for success than do American children who are more likely to be in multidimensional classrooms in which they can achieve success in many ways. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan