This study was designed to provide psychometric and developmental information for a caregiver report and observational measure of young children's self-concept. The Caregiver Inventory of Self-Concept (elsC) and the Tasks for Observation of Self-Concept (lOSe) assess six domains: self-recognition, self-representation, selfdescription, self-assertion, self-evaluation, self-regulation. Mothers of 290 children aged 6 to 66 months reported on the presence of self-concept behaviors, and 75 of these children, aged 15 to 48 months, were observed. Coefficient alpha, an index of item-objective congruence, and factor analysis provided evidence for the reliability and validity of both measures. Between- and within-domain analyses found that the development of self-concept in young children followed the hypothesized progression (self-recognition, self-representation, self-description, self-assertion, selfevaluation, and self-regulation) on the ClSC but not on the TOSC.
DesRosiers, Fabiana; Vrsalovic, Wendy T.; Knauf, Diana E.; Vargas, Maribel; and Busch-Rossnagel, Nancy A.
"Assessing the Multiple Dimensions of the Self-Concept
of Young Children: A Focus on Latinos,"
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 45
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol45/iss4/2