Assessment of self‐concept in early adolescence

Lynette M. Y. Trent, Graeme Russell, George Cooney

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    This study investigates the conceptual issues, theoretical rationale, construct validity, psychometric properties, and empirical analysis of the Self‐Perception Profile for Adolescents (Harter, 1986). The scale was administered to 283 students (average age 13.1 years, 49% female) from 12 Year 7 classes in three non‐selective systemic high schools. The scale assesses competence in 8 self‐concept domains: scholastic competence, social acceptance, athletic competence, physical appearance, romantic appeal, conduct/morality, close friendships, job competence and, in addition, global self‐worth. Separate items relating to mathematics and English abilities were added. The internal consistencies were generally high. Results from factor analysis provided strong support for the a priori dimensions, the multidimensional conceptualisation of the self‐concept, thereby confirming Harter's (1985a) model. 1994 Australian Psychological Society

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-28
    Number of pages8
    JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1994


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