ERIC Number: ED387729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun-6
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Self-Esteem in Children, 8-12 Years Old from Dysfunctional Families: A Twofold Solution to a Twofold Problem.
Riley, George M.
This practicum was designed to increase the self-esteem of children between the ages of 8 and 12 from dysfunctional families. The strategies implemented involved working with the parents of these children to help increase positive communication and relationships between parents and their children. Based on the idea that self-esteem is a reciprocal process developed in language between people, this study focused on changing styles of communication between parent and child. An 8-month parent-education group combining several educational programs was developed to help parents of six children focus on fostering positive communication in their children. A one-way mirror was used by the parents to observe their children participating in a self-esteem group, after which the parents joined their children in the group and offered them encouragement, praise and comments focusing on positive behaviors they had observed. The Piers Harris Children's Self Concept Scale was administered before and after the practicum--along with observational check lists and structured interviews with the parents--to compare the children's levels of self-esteem. Data revealed increased eye contact and better parental perceptions in regard to improved eye contact and social skills in the children. The Piers Harris Scale revealed a highly significant increase in the self-esteem of the children. Checklists and interviews are appended. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/KW)
Descriptors: Child Psychology, Child Rearing, Childhood Needs, Children, Communication Problems, Elementary Education, Family Counseling, Family Problems, Group Counseling, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Positive Reinforcement, Self Concept, Self Esteem
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale