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Self-evaluation in naturalistic context: the case of juvenile offenders

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The authors investigated how self-evaluation motives (self-enhancement, self-assessment, self-verification, self-improvement - and also self-diminishment and no information) shape self-knowledge preferences in male incarcerated juvenile offenders (IJOs). IJOs responded to questions on how much they would like to receive and actually received each of six types of feedback (positive, truthful, improving, consistent, negative and no feedback) from each of six sources (teachers, parents, siblings, best friend, girlfriend and behavioural specialists or psychologists). IJOs disliked negative feedback and the lack of feedback. They preferred truthful feedback to consistent feedback, and received truthful and positive feedback more frequently than improving feedback. Additionally, they received more negative or no feedback from parents than they would like. Finally, IJOs expressed a preference for receiving more improving feedback from their girlfriends than they did. The study highlights the interplay of self-evaluation motives in IJOs and opens up promising research and rehabilitation directions.

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Neiss, Michelle B., Sedikides, Constantine, Shahinfar, Ariana and Kupersmidt, Janis B. (2006) Self-evaluation in naturalistic context: the case of juvenile offenders British Journal of Social Psychology, 45, (3), pp. 499-518. (doi:10.1348/014466605X64486).

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Published date: September 2006


Local EPrints ID: 54661
ISSN: 0144-6665
PURE UUID: da50abd0-c195-458d-87cf-f717c36d87c1

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Date deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:35

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Author: Michelle B. Neiss
Author: Ariana Shahinfar
Author: Janis B. Kupersmidt

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