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Defining and Measuring Self-Concept Change
Psychological Studies (2012)
  • Jonathan S. Gore, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Susan E. Cross, Iowa State University

The self-concept and the manners by which it changes are two of the most important, and challenging, areas of psychological study. In this review, we define the self-concept as a multifaceted psychological construct, composed of a variety of characteristics. People with low self-esteem, incremental theorists, self-monitors, and people with a high uncertainty orientation and relational self-construal are mentioned as some of the types of people who are likely to undergo change. Various approaches to measuring the self-concept and investigating it across cultures are also discussed. Recommendations for future research include utilizing an intraclass correlation coefficient measure of change, and accounting for context-specific self-definitions in several culture.

DOI: 10.1007/s12646-011-0067-0

  • self-concept,
  • change,
  • interaclass correlation,
  • personality
Publication Date
April, 2012
Citation Information
Jonathan S. Gore and Susan E. Cross. "Defining and Measuring Self-Concept Change" Psychological Studies Vol. 56 Iss. 1 (2012)
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