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Title: Is there evidence of a negative self-concept in young children presenting with behavioural and psychological difficulties?
Author: Gallagher, Therese Helen
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2005
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Self-concept in adults, adolescents and older children has been extensively research, yet, relatively little is known about self-concept in young children. The current study aimed to explore self-concept in young children (5-8 years) who presented with psychological and behavioural difficulties by a) investigating whether self-concept could be measured with validity in this age group using self-report and b) exploring whether and how self-concept differed in children presenting with early signs of psychopathology compared to a normative sample. Children were interviewed using age appropriate methods to assess self concept. The clinical (n=60) and control group (n=188) were compared and associations were explored with parent completed measures of psychological adjustment, perceived competence and parent-child relationship. The study found evidence to support the hypothesis that self-concept can be measured with validity in children under 8 years although reliability increases with age and method used. Children with psychological and behavioural difficulties perceived themselves significantly more negatively on most self-concept domains. In addition, some specific associations were found between non-academic domains of self-concept and social, attention and thought problems. School competence was significantly associated with academic domains of self-concept. Findings are discussed in terms of a mediational model which proposes that peer relations may be a significant mediating factor between the above factors and self-concept.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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