Self-evaluation and social comparison amongst adolescents with learning difficulties.

Crabtree, J. and Rutland, A. (2001) Self-evaluation and social comparison amongst adolescents with learning difficulties. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 11 (5). pp. 347-359. ISSN 1052-9284 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Two studies are presented which examine self-evaluation in adolescents with learning difficulties and how these adolescents strategically protect their self-concept through the use of social comparison. Study one involved 145 adolescents with learning difficulties and the same number of non-disabled adolescents aged between 11 to 16 years. All adolescents completed Harter's 'Self Perception Profile for Children' (SPPC). No significant overall differences were found between the self-evaluations of the adolescents with learning difficulties and non-disabled adolescents. In addition, adolescents with learning difficulties strategically devalued less favourable comparison dimensions and valued more positive comparison attributes. Study two utilized a four condition between-groups design with a sample of 68 adolescents with learning difficulties. All participants completed the SPPC, but the availability of a social comparison group was systematically varied between conditions. The self-evaluations made by adolescents changed significantly when the social comparison group made available was altered. The findings are discussed with regard to their theoretical implications and in terms of inclusion policies for adolescents with learning difficulties.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: self-concept; social comparison; learning difficulties; adolescents
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2008 18:03
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2011 14:09
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4188 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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