The Piers-Harris Children's Self Concept Scale

An evaluation of its use on an Australian population


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April 1984

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A detailed analysis of the characteristics of the Piers- Harris Children's Self Concept Scale undertaken as a preliminary step to its use as a major dependent variable in the Institute of Family Studies' Children in Families Project. Paper presents data relating to the scale's reliability, validity, and internal structure, and makes recommendations regarding its future use. Data were obtained from a total of 402 male and female Victorian school students in 1982 and 1983. Conclusion is that the use of the total score as a global measure of child self esteem would seem to be justified, but recommends that considerable caution should be exercised in the interpretation of sub- scale scores and in any conclusions drawn on their basis.

AIFS Working Paper No 6


Amato, P. (1984). The Piers-Harris Children's Self Concept Scale: An evaluation of its use on an Australian population  (Working Paper No. 6). Melbourne: Institute of Family Studies.