Self-Perspectives across the Life Span

Edited by Richard P. Lipka & Thomas M. Brinthaupt

Subjects: Educational Psychology
Series: SUNY series, Studying the Self
Paperback : 9780791410042, 282 pages, July 1992
Hardcover : 9780791410035, 282 pages, July 1992

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Table of contents

Richard P. Lipka and Thomas M. Brinthaupt


1. Self-complexity and Self-esteem in Middle Childhood
Karen M. Anderson

2. The Tasks of Self-development in Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence
Stephen R. Shirk and Andrew G. Renouf


3. Self in School: Age and School Experience Effects
Richard P. Lipka, David P. Hurford, and Mary Jo Litten

4. Self-concept Stability and Change during Adolescence
David H. Demo and Ritch C. Savin-Williams


5. Variations in Self-esteem in Daily Life: Methodological and Developmental Issues
Anne J. Wells

6. The Best and Worst of It: Age and Sex Differences in Self-discrepancy Research
Daniel M. Ogilvie and Margaret D. Clark

7. Trait Distinctiveness and Age Specificity in the Self-Concept
John H. Mueller, W. Calvin Johnson, Alison Dandoy, and Tim Keller

8. Summary and Implications
Richard P. Lipka and Thomas M. Brinthaupt


Subject Index

Author Index


When and how is the self acquired and what characterizes its development and change over the life span? What are the implications of using different methodologies to study the self with different age groups? This book addresses these and related questions.

The authors offer research on early and middle childhood, late childhood and adolescence, and adulthood and old age. Among the issues considered are the relationship between cognitive complexity and self-evaluation in childhood, the pivotal socio-emotional tasks that confront the adolescent, and effects of situational and structural factors on the self-esteem of adolescents and adults, and age and gender differences in the ideal and undesired selves of young and older adults. These contributions illustrate the different theoretical and methodological issues that are associated with differing stages of the life span and provide a summary of the current knowledge base of the self across the life span.

Unlike previous books on study of the self, this one provides a systematic analysis of the theoretical and methodological issues and a selection of several alternative methodologies for studying the self across the life span.

Richard P. Lipka is Professor and Director of the Center for Educational Service, Evaluation, and Research at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. Thomas M. Brinthaupt is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. They are coeditors of The Self: Definitional and Methodological Issues, also published by SUNY Press.


"The authors have provided clearly written and well balanced accounts of the problems and possibilities inherent in 'self' that have been explored through the life span. The book provides information that clarifies and more precisely defines the various aspects of 'self,' discusses refinements in self research designs, and explains what problems still need to be addressed. It extends many of these concepts to older age levels, which makes the book of major interest to a new group of professional readers." — Doris Bergen, Miami University