Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John


Joseph Pre-School and Primary Self-Concept Screening Test; Self-esteem in children


Educational Psychology


In order to identify students with low self-concept accurately, a valid test must be developed and administered. The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of the revised Joseph Pre-School and Primary Self Concept Screening Test (JPPSST). The alternate hypothesis investigated in this study was that the revised JPPSST is a valid test when compared to the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale. Both tests were given to 34 African-American students at a Philadelphia elementary school. An additional research question was investigated to determine whether the test scores could be used to predict academic performance. The results of both tests were compared to the students' academic grades for any evidence of a correlation.

The independent variable was the students' self-concept. The dependent variable was the scores. A Pearson correlation was performed providing results that lend support to accept the alternate hypothesis. There was also a high positive correlation between the Piers-Harris test and the academic grades. The correlation between the JPPSST and the academic grades was not as high.