ERIC Number: ED361067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-27
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Preschool Self-Concept in Head Start and Non-Head Start Children.
Davis, Pamela E.
As part of an empirical search for a practical self-concept scale that can be used with preschool children, the Self-Description Questionnaire (SDQ-I) was administered to a pilot group of kindergarten students in a rural Tennessee town. The study replicated the use of the SDQ-I with kindergarten children in Australia, which had demonstrated evidence of multi-dimensional self-concept in kindergartners. In the current study, the SDQ-I was administered to 25 Head Start and 26 non-Head Start children at the beginning of their kindergarten year. The children's parents and eight teachers were administered the Coopersmith Behavior Rating Form. Parents also completed the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Testing with the SDQ-I demonstrated no significant correlations with academic measures or with teacher behavior ratings. There were, however, significant correlations with parent behavior ratings. No significant differences were found between Head Start and non-Head Start children, with most of the children in both groups reporting extremely high self-concepts. Future directions include the modification of the items in the original SDQ-I to reduce the amount of administration time. The 64 items in the SDQ-I make the test prohibitively long for use with preschoolers, especially in conjunction with other tests. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Description Questionnaire