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Handbook of Self-Concept. Developmental, Social, and Clinical Considerations. Edition No. 1. Wiley Series on Personality Processes

  • ID: 2220354
  • Book
  • November 1995
  • 539 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Handbook of Self-Concept

"If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot." - E. M. Cioran

It is one of the most intimate of realities and the slipperiest of abstractions. For Sartre it was a double negative and for B. F. Skinner, a set of learned responses. Among exponents of artificial intelligence it is the Oz at the end of the rainbow, while for Voltaire it was an unavoidable pathology. And, ever since William James first identified consciousness of self as a discrete psychological phenomenon, more than a century ago, it has been the source of intense speculation and debate among psychologists.

In the past twenty years alone, over 11,000 studies have been conducted on various aspects of self-concept. Much progress has been made, and a general consensus has been reached about many of its aspects, yet, many fundamental questions remain unanswered, such as: What exactly do we mean when we say "self"? Is self-concept an aspect of a broader cognitive self-system, or is it best defined in behavioral terms? How valuable is self-concept to clinical practice? What roles do age, race, gender, and sociocultural variables play in self-concept?

Bringing together contributions from leading researchers and clinicians from a broad range of psychological disciplines, this book provides answers to these and other important questions concerning self-concept. It explores all theoretical and applied aspects of self-concept, offering a balanced synthesis of the vast body of information on the subject that has accumulated since the 1970s. Chapters address each of the six primary self-concept domains (competence, social, affect, academic, family, and physical) with an emphasis on the clinical significance of each. In the chapter on clinical assessment, existing self-concept scales are subjected to in-depth quantitative and qualitative review, and readers are provided with standardized tables for organizing the principal characteristics reviewed and comparing individual test results. In the concluding chapter, Dr. Bracken describes the clinical applications of a multidimensional, context-dependent model that facilitates the synthesis of information across instruments (including more than 70 psychoeducational tests and scales provided in an appendix) and informants.

Providing practical answers to many of the most important questions about self-concept, Handbook of Self-Concept is essential reading for personality psychologists as well as researchers and educators in developmental, clinical, and social psychology.

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Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues Involving Self-Concept (S.Harter).

Theoretical Perspectives on the Structure of Self-Concept (H. Marsh& J. Hattie).

Self-Concept Instrumentation: A Historical and Evaluation Review(L. Keith & B. Bracken).

Social Self-Concept (T. Berndt & L. Burgy).

Competence Self-Concept (N. Novick, et al.).

Global Self-Concept and Its Relationship to Stressful LifeConditions (H. Prout & S. Prout).

Academic Self-Concept: Its Structure, Measurement, and Relation toAcademic Achievement (B. Byrne).

Family Self-Concept: Ideas on Its Meaning (C. Feiring & L.Taska).

Physical Self-Concept (R. Stein).

The Influence of Age, Race, and Gender on Child and AdolescentMultidimensional Self-Concept (R. Crain).

Future Directions in Self-Concept Research (J. Hattie & H.Marsh).

Clinical Applications of a Context-Dependent, MultidimensionalModel of Self-Concept (B. Bracken).


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Bruce Bracken
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