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Methodological Issues in the Assessment of the Self-concept of Children with Down Syndrome

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This paper discusses the difficulties researchers are likely to encounter when assessing the self-concept of children with Down syndrome. It describes four potentially appropriate assessment methods: projective techniques, nonverbal and/or pictorial techniques, construct generation techniques, and topological techniques. The paper concludes that methods based on the Pictorial Scale of Perceived Competence and Social Acceptance (Harter & Pike, 1984) and personal construct psychology offer the most appropriate means for assessing the self-concept of children with Down syndrome.

Keywords: Down syndrome; assessment; methodology; self-concept

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Warwick

Publication date: 1998-02-01

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