M.A. School Psychology
College of Science & Mathematics
Committee Member 1
Social comparison; Self-esteem; Examinations
Psychiatry and Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services
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.
Oppenheimer, Dana, "How does social comparison affect self-esteem in the classroom after receiving an exam grade" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 564.