ERIC Number: ED404590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Childrens' Self-Talk and Significant Others' Positive and Negative Statements.
Burnett, Paul C.
Early cognitive theorists have emphasized the link between what people say to themselves and how they feel and behave. This study investigates the relationships between self-talk (what people say to themselves with particular emphasis on the words used to express thoughts and beliefs about oneself and the world to oneself) and significant others' positive and negative statements. A sample of 675 elementary school children in three middle classes schools completed two inventories, along with demographic items. The results of correlational analysis revealed that children who perceived that significant others talk positively to them appeared to have higher positive self-talk and lower negative self-talk than children who reported that significant others say negative things to them. The statements by significant adults seemed to have a differential effect on both positive and negative self-talk depending on sex. For boys, parental statements played a predictive role for positive and negative self-talk whereas for girls, teachers' statements were predictive for both types of self-talk. Negative statements by other children were significant predictors of negative self-talk for both boys and girls. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia