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The Construction of the Self : Developmental and Sociocultural Foundations - Susan Harter

The Construction of the Self

Developmental and Sociocultural Foundations


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Drawing upon extensive theoretical knowledge and decades of empirical research by the author and others, this volume traces changes in the structure and content of self-representations from the preschool years through late adolescence. Harter provides a trenchant analysis of the cognitive and social processes responsible for the development of each person's unique sense of self. Throughout, normative-developmental and individual difference variables are clearly identified and clinical applications spotlighted. This authoritative work will be read with interest by scholars, clinicians, and students interested in understanding the causes and consequences of low self-esteem, or in designing interventions to promote more adaptive self-evaluations.

'[This] book will serve as the first reference source for developmental research on the self for years to come ... A wide-ranging review of research and theory on the self, with numerous connections made among different paradigms. Particularly valuable as illustrations of the potential value of these connections are Harter's discussions of clinical cases and pathological phenomena.' - Contemporary Psychology

'This book will surely become a classic in the field. Dr. Harter brings her extensive theoretical and empirical knowledge of the self to bear in this important volume. Her integration of theory and research, along with attention to the practical implications of this work, will make this book a valuable addition to the libraries of academicians as well as practitioners. I highly recommend it for use as a graduate text in clinical, developmental, and social psychology, as well as for advanced seminars in psychiatry and related disciplines.' - Dante Cicchetti, PhD

Contemporary Issues and Historical Perspectivesp. 1
The Normative Development of Self-Representations during Childhoodp. 28
The Normative Development of Self-Representations during Adolescencep. 59
The Developmental Emergence of Self-Conscious Emotionsp. 89
The Content, Valence, and Organization of Self-Evaluative Judgmentsp. 116
Discrepancies between Real and Ideal Self-Conceptsp. 142
Social Sources of Individual Differences in Self-Evaluationp. 166
A Model of the Causes, Correlates, and Consequences of Global Self-Worthp. 195
The Authenticity of the Selfp. 228
The Effects of Child Abuse on I-Self and Me-Self Processesp. 263
Autonomy and Connectedness as Dimensions of the Selfp. 283
Interventions to Promote Adaptive Self-Evaluationsp. 310
Referencesp. 351
Indexp. 401
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ISBN: 9781572307162
ISBN-10: 1572307161
Series: Distinguished Contributions in Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 413
Published: 1st August 2001
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 14.88  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.56