A Comparison of Self-Descriptions Between 2 Children of Different Ages

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A comparison of self-descriptions between two children of different ages

The comparison is based on Rosenberg’s study of children’s self-descriptions. A comparison was made between two participants, Annie aged 8 and Kirsty aged 16 using a semi structured interview to find out whether there was a difference in self-descriptions at different ages. The results were analysed using qualitative analysis and it was found that younger children give more physical self-descriptions and older children give more self-descriptions in terms of inner feelings. This coincides with previous research conducted by Rosenberg. From this study and previous research it is possible to suggest that there is a developmental trend of children’s
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The ‘I statements’ were analysed in terms of Rosenberg’s categories of self-descriptions. Each statement was put into one of the four categories. To calculate the percentage each column total was divided by the overall total and then multiplied by 100. (As shown in appendix 4)

The results from the category analysis forms of self-descriptions are presented in Table 1. The percentages have been calculated on the basis of Annie completing 6 self-descriptions and Kirsty completing 10 self-descriptions.
Table 1
Category |Percentages for Annie|Percentages for Kirsty|

Self-descriptions: As shown in table 1, Annie gives more physical descriptions in relation to the question “Who am i?” Whereas Kirsty does give answers in terms of physical, character and relationships but gives more answers relating to her inner feelings. Annie does not mention relations with others or make any statements in the inner category.
Locus of self-knowledge: When asked about who knows her best, Annie’s reply indicates that it is her parents and teachers. When asked who would be right about her being well behaved out of her and her mum she says that her mum would be right. Whereas when Kirsty is asked the same question about her behaviour at home, she does not say who would be right but says that they interpret her behaviour differently.

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