The self-perception of ability by chinese children in China and Hong Kong: Gender and grade differences

Sing Lau*, Wing Ling Li, Xianmei Chen, Gong Cheng, Carol K.K. Siu

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine the self-perception of ability by Chinese children with respect to gender and grade differences. A total of 1,679 boys and girls in three primary grade levels from Mainland China and Hong Kong were included, and an indigenously developed multidimensional self-concept scale (MMSI) was used. Results showed that in both the China and Hong Kong samples, boys were found to score a little lower than girls in three self-concept domains: academic, social, and general. Primary One students were found to score higher than Primary Three and Five students in all four domains: academic, appearance, social, and general. Results also indicated that children from China were higher than children from Hong Kong in appearance, social, and general self-concept. Significant interaction effects of society by grade and gender by grade were found. The findings were discussed with respect to the developmental process of Chinese children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-286
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1998

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Psychology

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