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Who I Am: The Meaning of Early Adolescents’ Most Valued Activities and Relationships, and Implications for Self-Concept Research

Tatlow-Golden, Mimi and Guerin, Suzanne (2017). Who I Am: The Meaning of Early Adolescents’ Most Valued Activities and Relationships, and Implications for Self-Concept Research. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 37(2) pp. 236–266.

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Abstract

Self-concept research in early adolescence typically measures young people’s self-perceptions of competence in specific, adult-defined domains. However, studies have rarely explored young people’s own views of valued self-concept factors and their meanings. For two major self domains, the active and the social self, this mixed-methods study identified factors valued most by 526 young people from socioeconomically diverse backgrounds in Ireland (10-12 years), and explored the meanings associated with these in a stratified subsample (n = 99). Findings indicate that self-concept scales for early adolescence omit active and social self factors and meanings valued by young people, raising questions about content validity of scales in these domains. Findings also suggest scales may under-represent girls’ active and social selves; focus too much on some school-based competencies; and, in omitting intrinsically salient self domains and meanings, may focus more on contingent (extrinsic) rather than true (intrinsic) self-esteem.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 0272-4316
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Research Scholarship Programme (PhD)Not SetDepartment of Children and Youth Affairs (Ireland)
Keywords: self-concept; self-esteem; children; adolescence; qualitative; content validity
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood and Youth
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
Item ID: 55656
Depositing User: Mimi Tatlow-Golden
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 09:20
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 13:22
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55656
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