Date Approved


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M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Klanderman, John

Committee Member 1

Dihoff, Roberta


Counseling in middle school education; Self-esteem in adolescence


Educational Psychology


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a first year middle school advisory program in the areas of school affiliation and early adolescent self-concept. A total of 300 sixth grade students participated in the study, with 100 students from each of three different middle schools in a New Jersey suburban district. The sample consisted of 140 females and 160 males. A combination of different scales was used to create the test packet that was distributed to the participants in order to examine the hypotheses regarding school affiliation and self-concept. Three scales were utilized to measure school affiliation; the Liking School Scale, the Classroom Environment Scale, and a Family and Friends Interview. One scale was applied to the second hypothesis regarding self-concept, which was the Multi-Dimensional Self-Concept Scale. Affect was the one subscale extracted from this test. A comparison of means was the major method of analysis applied to the examination of the two hypotheses. Although no statistical significance was reported, the results indicated some positive trends concerning middle school advisory programs.