The Effects of Concealing Academic Achievement Information on Adolescents’ Self-Concept

The Psychological Record, 2011, 61, 21–40

20 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2015

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Baoshan Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Mo Wang

University of Florida - Department of Management

Juan Li

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Guoliang Yu

Beijing Normal University (BNU)

Yan-Ling Bi

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Using an experimental design, the effect of concealing academic achievement information on adolescents’ self-concept was examined in the current study. Specifically, adolescents with low academic achievement and adolescents with average to high academic achievement (N=129) were randomly assigned to different interview contexts wherein academic-achievement information could be concealed or not. Results showed that participants with low academic achievement in the concealing-achievement-information condition had higher levels of state self-esteem and more self-representation suppression. Their negative self-representation was also activated when they were under high cognitive load. Participants with high academic achievement in the condition in which positive achievement information was concealed had lower state self-esteem and activated the positive self-representation under high cognitive load. Overall, the results showed that concealing academic-achievement information can cause short-term change of self-concept for adolescents.

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Baoshan and Wang, Mo and Li, Juan and Yu, Guoliang and Bi, Yan-Ling, The Effects of Concealing Academic Achievement Information on Adolescents’ Self-Concept (2011). The Psychological Record, 2011, 61, 21–40, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2639349

Baoshan Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) ( email )

52 Sanlihe Rd.
Datun Road, Anwai
Beijing, Xicheng District 100864
China

Mo Wang (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Department of Management ( email )

United States

Juan Li

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

52 Sanlihe Rd.
Datun Road, Anwai
Beijing, Xicheng District 100864
China

Guoliang Yu

Beijing Normal University (BNU)

19 Xinjiekou Outer St
Haidian District
Beijing, Guangdong 100875
China

Yan-Ling Bi

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

52 Sanlihe Rd.
Datun Road, Anwai
Beijing, Xicheng District 100864
China

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