The Self-Concept - Vol. 1

The Self-Concept - Vol. 1

The Self-Concept - Vol. 1

The Self-Concept - Vol. 1

Synopsis

Theory and Research on Selected topics. In this book we are provided with careful, critical, and lucid discussions of such topics as the relationship between race, sex, socioeconomic status, age and self-concept.

Excerpt

A number of considerations entered into my decision to undertake the revision of my 1961 book, The Self Concept: A Critical Survey of Pertinent Research Literature. First, it is obvious that interest in the self-concept or some aspect of it has been high and widespread in a number of fields, probably even increasing during the twelve years since the 1961 book went to press. I infer this interest level from the innumerable allusions to the self-concept in many psychology, education, and sociology books, and from the overwhelming volume of research output indexed in the Psychological Abstracts.

A second consideration was the increase in methodological publications which presented ideas that self-concept researchers should know about and use. These ideas include critiques of once commonly employed methods, suggestions for improved methods, and current controversies about these more recently suggested methods. Third, an enormous number of substantive research studies have appeared; and it seemed that these need to be summarized, evaluated critically, and synthesized insofar as possible in order to be maximally available and useful to researchers and theorists. Finally, quite a few colleagues and friends encouraged me to undertake this revision because they shared my opinion that the above considerations imply that such a revision will be useful.

It is my hope that this volume will make three kinds of contributions. First and foremost, it may play a part in improving the quality of self-concept research in the future. Although methodological guidelines and critiques are available in many journal articles and books, these ideas are widely scattered. It requires considerable time and effort to find, evaluate, and synthesize them; and it is often not obvious from such sources just how the various methodological considerations are conceptually relevant and practically applicable to the particular problems with which the selfconcept researcher wishes to deal. Perhaps the present overview and synthesis will be helpful along these lines. Moreover, I hope that my specific critiques of particular studies and lines of research . . .

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