Sense of self-worth in kids similar to adults: Study
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Sense of self-worth in kids similar to adults: Study

By: Shivani Arora

Published on: Fri 25 Aug 2017 04:59 PM

Uttar Pradesh News Portal : Sense of self-worth in kids similar to adults: Study

If you often tend to belittle your four-year-old son or daughter’s ability to do a task, think again. According to psychologists, young children may have a sense of self-worth similar to that of older kids and adults, and may become discouraged.

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According to research:

  • The findings revealed that our ability to reason about our self-worth as individuals develops early in life.
  • Young children can think of themselves as possessing abstract traits and abilities.
  • And they can also reason about their self-worth, which has implications for self-esteem, the researchers said.
  • Young children’s self-concepts are not qualitatively different from those of older children and adults.
  • However, this level of maturity in reasoning about the self also means that young children can become dispirited in the face of failure.
  • In addition, are not the undaunted optimists that previous theories have described.
  • It has long thought that young children think of themselves in concrete.
  • In addition,behavioural terms and, unlike adults or older children, are cognitively incapable of reasoning about their traits or their worth as individuals.

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  • For the study the team conducted a series of studies of children ranging from four to seven years in age.
  • In addition,where the children were asked to imagine they could not complete a task despite “trying really hard”.
  • In some cases, they were told the task was easy and in others that it was difficult.

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  • The results showed that children lowered their estimation of their abilities.
  • But not their global self-worth, when told they failed an easy, as opposed to hard, task.
  • Conversely, they lowered their estimation of their global self-worth.
  • But not their abilities, when informed they failed an adult-requested (vs. self-initiated) task.
  • Importantly, adult involvement could negatively affect self-esteem, independent of the task.

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“It is therefore important for both parents and educators to understand that children may become more discouraged than we previously realised and find ways to foster a productive learning environment,” Researchers noted.

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