Cultural change and the self: The development of the self-concept in two groups of Greek pre-adolescents

Evangelia Prokopiou, Guida de Abreu

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This paper reports an investigation on how sociocultural changes in Greece have affected the development of the self-concept in two groups of Greek pre-adolescents, who were living in contexts of differential rates of cultural change. Drawing on cultural psychology, the person’s psychological development was conceptualised as co-constructedby individuals and their social worlds. To explore these co-constructions empirical work was conducted with primary school pupils in two islands geographically very close, but undergoing different rates of cultural change. Life Histories, the Cantril’s Self-Anchoring Scale and the Kinetic Family Drawing Test were used to assess the pupils’ self-concepts. Drawing selectively on data from these different sources we will illustrate the main findings. These indicated that the development of the self-concept of both groups was affected by cultural change and both groups were in a transitional phase. The differential rate of cultural change proved to be an important determinant of the different ways these groups have been adapting to sociocultural change
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2005
EventDevelopmental Psychology Section Annual Conference - Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sept 20045 Sept 2004


ConferenceDevelopmental Psychology Section Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Cultural change
  • Cultural psychology
  • Self-concept
  • Psychology
  • Self


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