Theories of Emerging Self-Concept

Please ensure that your own response to the DBR for Week 3 prompt is between 500 and 750 words. 

Emerging Self-Concept is an important aspect of identity development. Emerging self-concept is essentially one’s initial formulation of who one is. Beginning in infancy,  self-concept emerges. Throughout early and middle childhood, it matures, and in adolescence, emerging self-concept is slowly being replaced by identity integration and hopefully, a clear sense of self in adulthood. All of this is to say that even when you can’t see it, children and youth are working hard not only to develop a sense of who they are, but to make sense of who they are in relation to others. This is not any easy set of tasks!
As we learned during Week 1 in our readings on theories of identity development, in infancy and early childhood, our self-concept is typically egocentric – we tend to answer questions about who we are without comparing ourselves to others. But beginning in middle childhood, our self-concept is informed by an increasing awareness of who we are in relation to other individuals or groups. In adolescence, this awareness of self in relation to others becomes even more acute.
This DBR for Week 3 prompt focuses specifically on definitions and understandings of self-concept to help you think about some of the ways that children and youth try to manage this aspect of identity development in both families and communities. This week, please read Sabiha Baby’s article, “Development of Self-Concept and Health.” Please note that this article is a peer-reviewed publication that has excellent content; however, it has several typos as printed; this is likely because it is an English-language journal published within a non-Native-English-speaking country. 

Once you have read this article, please answer the following assigned set of questions:

What, according to the author, is “self-concept”? What are two examples of a child or youth’s self-concept?
Compare and contrast how self-concept is constructed in early childhood vs. middle childhood. Take care to briefly discuss the main factors younger vs. older children use to establish self-concept.
Would you say that the author of this article thinks that self-concept is permanent (ie., that once you “know yourself” that perspective of yourself never changes)? Thinking of your own life, would you say that it self-concept is permanent? With details (to the extent you feel comfortable), say why or why not.
Finally, why is developing a self-concept important to larger psychological health for an individual? Please provide two examples or arguments from the article. Do you agree with these author’s assessments? Why or why not? Be sure to provide supporting data or evidence for your views.

 Instead, you need to treat each DBR as a mini-essay, with a traditional essay structure. Each DBR must include the following:

Provide a thesis statement (Briefly tell us what your argument is/arguments are in the response)

Make between 1 and 3 clear claims in your response (A TIP: if you need to use such phrases as, “I am arguing three things here. The first is X, the second is Y, and the third is Z” to organize your thoughts, then do it!) 

For any central claims you make in your post, you must provide an example or evidence from the weekly course readings to support your claim. 

For each DBR, there needs to be at least two actual citations from the course readings or other course materials (films, handouts, etc) for the week in your post
Course citations in the text of your post must include the author’s last name, date of publication of the work cited, and the page number from which the quote or idea was taken. For example, to properly cite the following idea taken from [for our purposes, an imaginary] course reading, it should look like this: “Mary Ainsworth’s Strange Situation yielded data that still provides us with the best understandings of how to categorize attachment styles in toddlers. Others, however, argue that conclusions drawn from experiments using the methodology of the Strange Situation does not accurately describe attachment styles across cultures.”(Sandler, 2005:12).

In addition, for each in-text citation that you use in your Discussion Board Response, you must also include a full citation for the work cited at the end of the post in a brief Works Cited section. Remember that you can find FULL CITATIONS for all course materials in the Blackboard content folder titled, COURSE READINGS (FULL CITATIONS) to make this task easier. Your works cited section for Discussion Board Responses should look like this at the end of your posts:

Works Cited

Attachment Formation: New Directions. (2005). Sandler, Adam. Brooklyn, NY: Happy Madison Publishers.

5) You must check your spelling and grammar BEFORE you post the Discussion Board Response  – please use spellcheck, which means writing your essay in a word processing format and then posting it in Blackboard.