Adolescents' Self Perceptions of Competence in Life Skill Areas

Year: 1986

Author: Evans, Glen, Poole, Millicent

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

A number of reliable scales of self perception of competencies, in skill areas relating to social, learning, work and leisure situations, self concept, and self efficacy were developed and administered to 1061 adolescents in Sydney and Brisbane. There were few age effects or differences between states, but important differences emerged for gender, course type (school Year ii or 12 or alternative, TAFE prevocational, or CYSS), levels of educational and job expectations and aspirations, and the person's perceived most important concern. While different educational contexts differentially affect aspirations and expectations, they do not to the same extent affect self perceptions of competence in life areas.