Development Of Self Esteem, Self Concept And Identity Through Middle Childhood And Adolescence

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Development of self-esteem, self-concept and identity through middle childhood and adolescence
Anuja Rupesh Vora
New York University

The years between 6 and 18, middle childhood to adolescence is a time of important development that leads to the establishment of self-concept, self-esteem, and identity for children. Self-concept can be defined as an idea of the self that is created from the beliefs one holds about oneself and the way that others respond to the created self. On the other hand, self esteem can be defined as the confidence that one has in one’s own worth of abilities and self-respect. During these years, children take steps toward adulthood by becoming capable, self-governing, self-aware, and involved in the world beyond their families. Social relationships and roles change dramatically as children enter school, join programs, and become involved with peers and adults outside their families. The changes that characterize and lead to the development of self-concept and esteem as well as the formation of their identity, by looking at the examples of questions answered by an 11 year old and an 18 year old and previous research conducted in this area. In the early childhood years youngsters begins to organize the characteristics of the “Me-self” into sets of categories that display some consistency. Instead of specific behaviors, the subject emphasizes on capabilities. (Damon and Hart, 1988). For example, the child…
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