n Journal of Educational Studies - Physical self-concept of adolescents who live in disadvantaged home environment : a life orientation perspective

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1680-7456



The study explored physical self-concept of adolescents in disadvantaged home environment. From individual interviews with early and middle adolescents in North-West province in South Africa, findings indicated that self-concept is not innate but rather acquired through interaction with the self and with other people of importance to the individual. In a home where adolescents had basic material needs met, the physical self-concept was positive, where they lacked food and clothes, it was negative. Similarly, the comments made by significant others about the physical image of an adolescent were important in building or destroying physical self-concept. Based on these findings, an intervention model is proposed which can be used in schools to assist adolescents avoid or overcome negative self-concepts.

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