Date of Award
Master of Art
Mary Jo Jensen
The purpose of the study is to examine if there is a difference in self-concept between 6lh and 7th grade students whose parents have been divorced within the last five years and 6th and 7th grade students whose parents are not divorced. Sixty students attending a Midwestern middle school were the subjects of the study. The sample group consisted of 32 students currently taking part in a divorce group and the control group consisted of 28 students whose parents were not divorced. The students completed the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale, a self- report measure which evaluates the areas (i.e., clusters) of Behavior, Physical Appearance and Attributes, Anxiety, Popularity, and Happiness and Satisfaction. The results of the t test indicated a significant difference in the self-concept means between the two groups for the total and cluster scores. The children in the divorce group scored lower on all areas of the measure evaluated. School counselors can use the results of the study to better understand how parental divorce may effect the self-concept of children.
Brady, Robyn Jeanette, "Effects of Divorce on the Self-Concept of Middle School Students" (1998). Theses. 193.
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