Re: Study design

Wed, 4 Oct 1995 18:04:00 EST

Magnus Larsson wrote:

>With the children I plan to do very muc the same: grids before involvement
>and 6-12 months after. For elements I plan to use either activities, or
>persons. In any case "ideal self" and "actual self" should in some way be
>ncluded, I think. The construct are planned to be elicited both times.

>Anybody having any comments, advice or experience is warmly welcome!

We used a dyadic elicitation procedure in order to discover how
neglected children (ages 7-17) made sense out of their social world.
Most but not all children were capable of performing this
task. Once constructs were elicited, they were written on laminated
cards and placed at either end of a 3" X 3' cardborad label-line.
On the line, from left to right, were 5 lables:" all the time,
sometimes, don't know, sometimes and all the time". Next, the child
was asked to place role label cards under the heading
that corresponded to (1) the applicable construct, and (2) their
particular judgement.

One word of caution: some children, particularily the young ones, had
some difficulty understanding the concept of "ideal self." We tried
to explain it a number of ways (Best-me, Me-how-I'd-like-to-be, ect.)
but I'm not sure we had much success. Otherwise, the procedure
described above worked well. The kids certainly enjoyed it!

I hope this is helpful.
Joel Philp
U of South Carolina