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Educational differences in self-perceptions of adolescents in Northern Ireland

McClenahan, Carol, Irwing, P, Stringer, Maurice, Giles, Melanie and Wilson, Ronnie (2003) Educational differences in self-perceptions of adolescents in Northern Ireland. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT, 27 (6). pp. 513-518. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/01650250344000136


Self-perceptions of children from the integrated school sector in Northern Ireland were compared with those of children attending religiously segregated schools. In a cross-sectional study, the self-perceptions of 546 boys and girls aged 11-13 years and 14-15 years, at two integrated comprehensive and five segregated post-primary schools in Northern Ireland, were measured using the Self-Perception Profile for Children (Harter, 1985). The results of a School Type (2) x Year Group (3) x Gender (2) x Religion (2) MANCOVA, controlling for social class and ethos of schools, demonstrated a significant main effect for school type, with significant univariate effects favouring those at the integrated schools in the domains of physical appearance ( p < .01), social acceptance ( p < .01) global self-worth ( p < .05), and athletic competence ( p < .05). No evidence of a School Type x Year Group interaction suggests that these differences existed on entrance to the two types of school. A main effect for gender, favouring boys in physical appearance ( p < .001), athletic competence ( p < .05), and global self-worth ( p < .05), and girls on behavioural conduct ( p < .001), supported previous studies. Meanwhile, a post hoc analysis on the only significant interaction effect, for School Type x Religion, showed that Catholic adolescents from the integrated sector perceived themselves to be significantly more scholastically competent than those from the segregated sector ( p < .05). To further assess the development and stability of self-esteem among these adolescents, a long-term longitudinal study is indicated.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict and Equality
Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > Health, Education and Well-being
ID Code:1007
Deposited By: Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 16:14
Last Modified:15 Mar 2012 11:57

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