Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Edsel L. Erickson

Second Advisor

Dr. Leila Bradfield

Third Advisor

Dr. William Kanzler


This study represents an attempt to empirically test a theoretical model explicating the contingencies associated with stability and change in self-conceptions among highschool students. Specifically, this investigation is concerned with the cumulative and isolated impact of perceived parental, teacher, and peer expectations on student self-conceptions over time.

The basic postulate is that patterns of stability and change in self-conceptions are a function of the degree of perceived consistency in the expectations and evaluations of significant others. The data were supportive of the consistency model and suggest that some groups of significant others have a greater impact on the self-conceptualizing process than do others.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access