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ERIC Number: ED435434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 13
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Family Relationships and Adolescent Self-Concept.
Massey, Catherine J.
Previous research relating the quality of the relationship with the mother, father, and sibling to adolescent self-concept only investigated social and general self-concept and not various social and cognitive dimensions of self-concept. This study investigated family relationships and their link to the several domains of self-concept. Participating were 77 adolescents between 13 and 18 years of age. The majority were white (85 percent) and from middle- to upper-class backgrounds. Subjects completed the Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale; the social support factor of the Network of Relationships Inventory regarding their mother, father, and sibling; and the mother and father affection and control subscales of the Sibling Inventory of Differential Experience. Included for this study were the following Piers-Harris scores: general self-concept, behavior, intellectual and school status, physical appearance and attributes, anxiety, popularity, and happiness and satisfaction. The findings indicated that adolescents who perceived that there was no parental favoritism for affection had higher general, behavior, and happiness and satisfaction self-concepts than adolescents who perceived that they were unfavored. Adolescents who perceived no parental favoritism for affection had higher physical appearance and attributes and popularity self-concepts than adolescents who perceived that they were favored. Females had higher behavior self-concepts and lower anxiety self-concepts than males. The higher the anxiety self-concept score, the lower the number of anxious behaviors. Adolescents perceiving good parental social support had higher general, physical appearance and attributes, anxiety, and popularity self-concepts than adolescents perceiving poor social support. (Contains 11 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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