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Do nurture groups change young children's self concept?

Pratt, R; (2006) Do nurture groups change young children's self concept? Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on self esteem / self concept measures for young children (aged 4-7 years). It evaluates previous reviews, as well as relevant measure validation papers. Apart from providing an overview of the field, the paper seeks to carry out a pragmatic function in directing researchers to appropriate instruments. There has been no substantial review looking specifically at measures for children, but previous reviews have highlighted that most measures lack psychometric soundness or a clear theoretical basis. In this review, six measures that met the basic inclusion criteria and possess additional qualities are considered in detail. Apart from expectation that measures should be psychometrically adequate, their efficacy depends upon the aspects of the self evaluation that are relevant to researchers. For this reason, some attention is given to the theoretical underpinnings of the available measures. Alternative and complementary methods of assessing self-concept are briefly considered. The strengths and limitations of currently available measures are outlined and some suggestions with regard to future developments are offered. The paper concludes that considerable progress has occurred since the field was previously reviewed, but that there remain a number of methodological and theoretical issues in measuring young children's self- concept that require further study.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Do nurture groups change young children's self concept?
Identifier: PQ ETD:593227
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1445903
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