Date Approved

10-27-2015

Embargo Period

12-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Allen, Terri

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Social comparison; Self-esteem; Examinations

Disciplines

Psychiatry and Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

Social comparison is a theory developed by Leon Festinger which states that social comparison has many effects on everyday life, including body perception, learning in schools, self-esteem, exercise habits, and even balance. These different topics have been studied numerous times in the past. The hypothesis of this study is social comparison will have a significant change in self-esteem after receiving an exam grade back and being able to talk about it. The study consists of a participant filling out a self-esteem inventory pre-test, which was taken one day in the beginning of the semester before any exams were given and a post-test after receiving back an exam grade. The results concluded that there was no significant difference in self-esteem in students before an exam and after an exam.

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