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Gender Self-Concept Profiles of Adolescents Suspended from High School


Hay, I, Gender Self-Concept Profiles of Adolescents Suspended from High School, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 41, (3) pp. 345-352. ISSN 0021-9630 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0021963099005260


The gender self-concept profiles of 128 adolescents (107 males) whose persistent behaviour problems led to suspension from school were investigated. Establishing the students' percentile ratings in the 11 subscales of the Self-Description Questionnaire overcame previous methodological weaknesses. For boys and girls Physical Appearance, Opposite-sex Relationships, and Honesty and Trustworthiness were in the average range, but Parent Relationships, General Self, and General School self-concepts were low. Only girls were low for Same-sex Relationships and Emotional Stability. The profiles suggest that boys' antisocial behaviours are associated with striving for a masculine self-image, but girls' antisocial behaviours are associated with greater social marginalisation. The issues of multi-focused interventions, prosocial role models, the particular needs of girls, and the relationship between self-control, self-enhancement, and reputation enhancement theories are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Special education and disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
ID Code:61680
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:35
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-03-04
Last Modified:2010-05-03

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