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The Ecology of the Self : Relocation and Self-Concept Change - Stefan E. Hormuth

The Ecology of the Self

Relocation and Self-Concept Change

Hardcover Published: 25th January 1991
ISBN: 9780521324014
Number Of Pages: 238

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This 1991 book addresses the question of stability and change in our concepts of ourselves. The self is described as part of an ecological system, seen as a conjunction of other people, environments and objects. These serve as the sources and settings, instruments and symbols of social experience. The external elements of the ecological system are reflected in self-related cognitions: so long as the ecology of the self is stable, the self-concept will likewise achieve stability. Self-concept change, therefore, can be studied from the point of view of change in the relationship between person and environment. Using a multi-method, multi-study approach, Stefan Hormuth takes relocation as his paradigm for assessing the meaning of the physical environment for the self-concept and everyday social behaviour. This book presents results from an original and important research programme which is innovative both theoretically and methodologically.

List of tables
Preface
Restructuring the ecology of the self: a framework for self-concept change
Method considerations for an ecological approach
Relocation and changes in commitment: a cross-sectional study over the first year
Implications of recent research in cognitive social psychology for self-concept change
Social psychological theories on maintenance and change
Sociological approached to the self-concept and change
The development of self-concept-related measures
Functions of the physical environment for the self-concept
Anticipation of transition from university
The experience sampling method
A quasi-experimental study of relocation and satisfaction with self
Relocation as transition and change in a physical and social context
A longitudinal questionnaire study over one year
A longitudinal study of students' transition to university
Conclusion
References
Author index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521324014
ISBN-10: 0521324017
Series: European Monographs in Social Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 25th January 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.52

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