A comparison between a girl of 8 years old and one of 16 years old, talking about who they are

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A comparison between a girl of 8 years old and one of 16 years old, talking about who they are
Is there any developmental trend?

Abstract:
Two girls, an 8 year old and a sixteen year old were interviewed talking about who they are, following Rosenberg’s categories .It was found that there is a developmental trend between the girls. The locus of self – knowledge shifts with the age from relating on others to relating to the self.
Introduction:
Younger children focus on describing external characteristics when they talk about who they are, for example, physical appearance and routine activities they participate in, on things that other people are able to observe. As children get older, they focus more on internal characteristics,
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Talking about relationships and inner categories it could be seen that there is a nice difference between the girls. The eight year old didn’t talk about it, while the sixteen year old choose two of each to describe her.

Discussion
The results of this report indicate that child’s self-description shows changes with age. The outcome of this report is a pattern of results predicted by Rosenberg: most of the descriptors used by younger children were about physical activity and physical characteristics. The older children were more likely to use the character traits to define the self. The results indicated that the eight years old uses the physical and character categories to describe her, while the sixteen years old goes more for the character and inner to talk about who she is. The younger girl has no relationships and inner categories descriptions in her way of talking about who she is. For the older girl physical categories descriptions are not so important when she talks about who she is.
In Annie’s interview there is a lack of consistency between the question that is asked and the answer that is given. The 8 year old doesn’t properly understand some of the questions. For example when she was asked if she has any weak points, she replied: “my ears…my legs”.
Locus of self-esteem is following Rosenberg’s findings. When Annie was asked who would be right if her mother and she were asked

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