Developmental Change and Time-Specific Variation in Global and Specific Aspects of Self-Concept in Adolescence and Association With Depressive Symptoms

Yaşar Kuzucu, Daniel E. Bontempo, Scott Hofer, Michael C. Stallings, Andrea M. Piccinin

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Previous research has demonstrated that adolescents make differential self-evaluations in multiple domains that include physical appearance, academic competence, and peer acceptance. We report growth curve analyses over a 7-year period from age 9 to 16 on the six domains of the Harter Self-Perception Profile for Children. In general, we find little change in self-concept, on average, but do find substantial individual differences in level, rate of change, and time-specific variation in these self-evaluations. The results suggest that sex differences and adoptive status were related to only certain aspects of the participants' self-concept. Depressive symptoms were found to have significant effects on individual differences in the rate of change and on time-specific variation in general self-concept, as well as on some of the specific domains of self-concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-666
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • adolescence
  • adoption
  • depressive symptoms
  • self-concept

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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