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A comparison of the ways individual children give self-descriptions and how these change as the children get older. Abstract Two interviewers conducted two similar interviews with two individual children (a boy aged 16, a girl aged 8) asking open ended questions to find out about their self-perceptions. Using Rosenberg’s (1979) approach to self-description the children are asked to note down at least 10 statements regarding themselves in the form of ‘I…..’. Other areas covered regarding self where ideal self, locus of self-knowledge and self-evaluation. By using the coding approach designed by Rosenberg and comparing the children’s results this study explores the difference in the younger and older children responses. There have been various amounts of studies that have researched children and how they see and describe themselves many of these support Rosenberg’s approach and findings discovering the same qualities in children of certain age. Introduction Many researchers have studied how children describe themselves and have discovered that as children grow older their characteristics change. Harter (1983) explored many studies on children self-descriptions. From her studies she found a developmental sequence in younger children where they mainly describe facts that others can identify such as ‘behaviour and objectives facts’ (Miell and Ding, 2005, P. 129). Harter went on to discover that as children get older they begin to express more ‘qualities of character’ (Miell and Ding, 2005, P. 129) such as happy, sad, angry and getting older again more ‘intrapersonal traits, shy, friendly’ (Miell and Ding, 2005, P. 129). Bannister and Agnew (1977) also researched studies regarding children’s self-descriptions on how older children are more aware of themselves and are able to distinguish themselves from others knowing that they are different and have
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