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ERIC Number: EJ941967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
Self-Enhancement of Peer Acceptance: Implications for Children's Self-worth and Interpersonal Functioning
Kistner, Janet; David, Corinne; Repper, Karla
Social Development, v16 n1 p24-44 Feb 2007
Changes in feelings of self-worth and peer acceptance associated with self-enhancing perceptions of their peer acceptance were examined for a normative sample and for a group of peer-rejected children. Whether the correlates of self-enhancement differed as a function of the way in which perceptions were assessed (i.e., general versus specific measures of self-enhancement) or by the degree of enhancement were also studied. Using a longitudinal design, 670 students in grades 3 through 5 were assessed across an academic year. For the normative sample, general self-enhancement of peer acceptance was associated with positive outcomes; specific self-enhancement of peer acceptance was unrelated to changes in outcomes. Both general and specific self-enhancement scores were associated with gains in one or more outcome measures in the rejected group. No support was found for the hypothesis that mild to moderate self-enhancement is predictive of adjustment whereas extreme self-enhancement is related to maladjustment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
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Language: English
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