Date of Award

Spring 1992

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted


Children in today's society are dealing with a variety of issues that may affect the way they view themselves as individuals . For example, experiences with death, divorce, abuse (physical, mental, sexual, neglect . .. ), and many other dysfunctional environments all contribute to feelings of inferiority and confusion concerning self worth. A child's self concept is not inherited from his/her parents, rather it is something that is learned and develops as the child grows. Education should be geared in ways to build self-esteem. Aside from the home, school plays the second most important role, if not the only role at times, in the development of a child's self-esteem. Therefore, following a developmental guidance model, which incorporates the help of the teacher, counselor, parent, school staff and community, whenever possible, students can learn a sense of caring towards others and a sense of their own personal worth.