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ERIC Number: EJ943486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2933
The Effects of Concealing Academic Achievement Information on Adolescents' Self-Concept
Zhang, Baoshan; Wang, Mo; Li, Juan; Yu, Guoliang; Bi, Yan-Ling
Psychological Record, v61 n1 p21-39 Win 2011
Using an experimental design, the effect of concealing academic achievement information on adolescents' self-concept was examined in the current study. Specifically, adolescents with low academic achievement and adolescents with average to high academic achievement (N = 129) were randomly assigned to different interview contexts wherein academic-achievement information could be concealed or not. Results showed that participants with low academic achievement in the concealing-achievement-information condition had higher levels of state self-esteem and more self-representation suppression. Their negative self-representation was also activated when they were under high cognitive load. Participants with high academic achievement in the condition in which positive achievement information was concealed had lower state self-esteem and activated the positive self-representation under high cognitive load. Overall, the results showed that concealing academic-achievement information can cause short-term change of self-concept for adolescents. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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