Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)




Many developmental theorists believe that the formulation of a stable or realistic self-concept is numbered among the most important psychological tasks that an individual faces in a lifetime. A self-concept is described as a collection of beliefs about one's own nature, unique qualities, and typical behavior (Weiten et al., 1991). A closely related aspect of this self-perception is self-esteem or a person's overall evaluation of his or her worth as a person. The importance of adequate self-esteem can hardly be overestimated over the course of a life span, but takes on even greater significance during the period of adolescence when major changes in the self are taking place (Erikson, 1963).