ERIC Number: ED333252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Self-Esteem and Facial Attractiveness among Learning Disabled Children.
Anderson, Lisa K.; And Others
Past research has demonstrated a relationship between children's physical attractiveness and their self-esteem. Other research has found that learning disabled children are at risk for having low self-esteem. This study examined the relationship between self-esteem and facial attractiveness in learning disabled children. Subjects were 20 diagnosed learning disabled children between the ages of 9 and 12 from a special school. Subjects' self-esteem was measured by administering the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory. Facial attractiveness was measured by nine female judges who were unaware of the hypothesis of the study. The judges rated photographs of the children on a Facial Attractiveness Scale and the mean of the ratings for each child was used as the attractiveness rating for that child. The results indicated that there was a positive relationship between higher self-esteem and higher ratings of facial attractiveness among these learning disabled children. The results imply the importance of attractiveness in the development of self-esteem among learning disabled children. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (37th, New Orleans, LA, March 20-23, 1991).