Self in Situ: Locating self-concept and self-concept research in theoretical, individual, and relational contexts

Year: 2003

Author: Dowson, Martin

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The specific purposes of the present paper are to locate self-concept and self-concept research in the broader contexts of:
• educational and developmental psychological research as a whole;
• a model of the self which takes onto account relevant findings from educational and developmental psychological research, and
• a concurrent model of self-in-relationship which takes into account the influence of relationships on the development of self-concept.

In fulfilling these specific purposes the paper attempts to provide an overarching theoretical and operational framework within which self-concept research may be located. This may facilitate the interpretation and evaluation of findings relating to self-concept research, especially in relation to other important constructs in educational and developmental psychological research.