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ERIC Number: EJ843197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
The Impact of Significant Others' Actual Appraisals on Children's Self-Perceptions: What about Cooley's Assumption for Children?
Nurra, Cecile; Pansu, Pascal
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v24 n2 p247-262 2009
The aim of this paper was to study the construction of children's self-perception relying on Cooley's hypothesis. More precisely, we were interested in the mediation effect of significant others' actual appraisal on self-perception by the perception of others' actual appraisal (i.e., reflected appraisal). First, we argued that this mediation effect would occur in the domains where children have feedback from significant others (here teacher or parents). Second, we took into account two measures of reflected appraisal: reflected appraisal assessed in a classic fashion and appraisal social support assessed with Harter's scale (1985b). We argued that reflected appraisal assessed in a classic fashion would be a better mediator of the effect of actual appraisal on self-perception by reflected appraisal in comparison to appraisal social support. In order to test these hypotheses, we conducted a study with 126 children (age 8-9), 106 parents and six teachers. The results, taken as a whole, support these hypotheses. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: France