The Construction of the Self: A Developmental Perspective

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Guilford Press, 1999 - Psychology - 413 pages
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Drawing upon extensive theoretical knowledge and decades of empirical research by the author and others, this volume traces changes in the structure and content of self-representations from the preschool years through late adolescence. Harter provides a trenchant analysis of the cognitive and social processes responsible for the development of each person's unique sense of self. Throughout, normative-developmental and individual difference variables are clearly identified and clinical applications spotlighted. This authoritative work will be read with interest by scholars, clinicians, and students interested in understanding the causes and consequences of low self-esteem, or in designing interventions to promote more adaptive self-evaluations.

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Contemporary Issues and Historical Perspectives
The Normative Development of SelfRepresentations during Childhood
The Normative Development of SelfRepresentations during Adolescence
The Developmental Emergence of SelfConscious Emotions
The Content Valence and Organization of SelfEvaluative Judgments
Discrepancies between Real and Ideal SelfConcepts
Social Sources of Individual Differences in SelfEvaluation
A Model of the Causes Correlates and Consequences of Global SelfWorth
The Authenticity of the Self
The Effects of Child Abuse on ISelf and MeSelf Processes
Autonomy and Connectedness as Dimensions of the Self
Interventions to Promote Adaptive SelfEvaluations

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Susan Harter, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Developmental Psychology Program at the University of Denver. Her research, supported by funds from NIH for over 20 years, has resulted in the construction of a lifespan battery of self-report instruments to tap dimensions of the self-concept. These instruments are currently in use throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, she has received two major faculty awards, University Lecturer of the Year and the John Evans Professorship Award, the highest award to be bestowed upon a faculty member. Both awards are for national and international recognition in one's chosen field of research. Dr. Harter has written numerous journal articles and chapters, including chapters on self-concept, self-esteem, as well as motivational and emotional development in the 1983 and 1998 Handbook of Child Psychology. She has also served on National Institute of Mental Health study sections, chaired the Cognition, Emotion, and Personality Committee, and currently is on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals, including Developmenal Psychology, Child Development, Psychological Bulletin, Development and Psychopathology, and American Educational Research Journal.

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