ERIC Number: ED438891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Cognitive Self-Esteem among European American and Chinese American Children.
Krieg, Dana Balsink; Huntsinger, Carol S.
Western and Asian cultures may differentially influence the association between self-esteem and ability among their children. Differences in attributional patterns may contribute to positive self-esteem in European American children that is unrelated to actual performance, and more achievement based self-esteem in Chinese American children. In order to evaluate this possibility, 40 European American and 36 Chinese American children's cognitive self-esteem ratings were compared to teachers' ratings and standardized tests. The results showed that the cognitive self-esteem of European American children was unrelated to teachers' reports of cognitive competence and learning problems. This suggests that European American children do not attend to their performance when making self-evaluations. In contrast, the cognitive self-esteem of Chinese American children was linked to teacher reports. The Chinese American children appeared to be more realistic in their self-perceptions. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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