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 Self-Concept Scale for Young Children; Self-esteem in children


Educational Psychology


The purpose of this study was to test the reliability of the Joseph Self-Concept Scale For Young Children, as an instrument for measuring self-concept. The sample consisted of thirty-four first and pre-first students from the Mary E. Roberts Elementary School, Moorestown, New Jersey. The timeframe for the testing was November 1998 through February 1999. Each student was individually tested utilizing the JSSYC.

The null hypothesis, stating there is no difference between the test and re-test scores, was rejected. The alternative hypothesis, stating that there is a difference between the test and re-test scores was accepted.

A paired sample correlation analysis yielded a Pearson correlation coefficient of .508, and a corresponding significance of 0.002. The correlation of .508 was markedly influenced by an outlying value. The correlation coefficient does not provide a good description of the relationship between the two variables when the distribution is skewed.

Other limitations were that the tested population was a small sample and the demographic population of Moorestown may have skewed the test results.

The JSSYC is a reliable indicator of a child's self-concept.