Self-concepts of institutionalized adolescents: A framework for conceptualizing labeling effects

Laurie Chassin, Clark Presson, Richard D. Young, Roger Light

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Assessed the self-concepts of 111 delinquents, 33 adolescent psychiatric inpatients, and 119 high school students in relation to 3 social labels (popular teenager, juvenile delinquent, and emotionally disturbed teenager). A semantic differential technique and discriminant analyses were used to compare profiles of self-ratings to profiles of role ratings. One analysis compared self-ratings with the control group's stereotypes, and the other compared self-ratings with an S's own group's stereotypes. Results reveal modest support for labeling effects only when self-ratings were matched with an S's own group's stereotypes. Findings suggest that an adolescent might choose one of several responses to a socially assigned label. Possible responses included accepting or rejecting the label as well as misperceiving the content of the role. (23 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-151
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1981


  • self ratings vs ratings of juvenile delinquent vs popular vs emotionally disturbed teenager labels, delinquents & adolescent psychiatric inpatients & high school students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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