A Cross-cultural Study of Self-concept in Primary School Children

Year: 1985

Author: Smith, Ian

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The purpose of this paper is to compare the self-concept profiles of Australian and English primary school children. Data from a large sample of approximately 1400 Australian 10 year-olds were compared with the scores of some 300 children of the same age who were drawn from a random sample of schools in the North- West of England (i.e., Lancashire).Results revealed few cross- cultural differences amongst the eight self-concept dimensions measured. There were, however,consistent sex differences across most of dimensions. The self-concept questionnaire was found to possess high internal consistency reliabilities for all of its eight scales for both samples. Furthermore, very similar factor structures were obtained for both samples, indicating the questionnaire's suitability for use in English as well as Australian settings.