Cross-cultural validity of a model of self-worth: Application to Finnish children

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Heta-Maria Miller
Cite this article:  Miller, H. (2000). Cross-cultural validity of a model of self-worth: Application to Finnish children. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 28(2), 105-118.


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In this study the cross-cultural validity of Harter’s (1985, 1986a, 1986b, 1987b, 1987c) measures and model of self-worth was investigated using a sample of 306 Finnish elementary school students. Principal components analyses supported the original factor structures of Harter’s (1985, 1986a) self-report questionnaires, the Self-Perception Profile for Children, and the Social Support Scale for Children. Consistent with Harter’s (1986b, 1987b, 1987c) model of the determinants of self-worth, multiple regression analysis indicated that both the competence-importance discrepancy and perceived social support explained the variability in self-worth. Implications of these findings for theory, research, and practice are discussed.

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