Date of Award

5-1-1994

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Naomi T. Ward

Abstract

The overall objective of this study was to determine if there was a relationship between a child's level of self-esteem and socio-economic status and the forces that impound self-esteem. To attain this objective the following areas were addressed: 1) general self-esteem, 2) peer relations, 3) home relations, and 4) school relations. A self-esteem questionnaire was administered to fourth and fifth grade students at an inner city school in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. A population of 60 students were surveyed. The researcher hypothesized that there was no statistical significance relationship between self-esteem and socio-economic status. The study was an attempt to demonstrate that there was no relationship between self-esteem and socio-economic status and to discuss the subsystems of peer, home, and school. The findings revealed that the children had a hiqh level of self-esteem and that there was no correlation between self-esteem and socio-economic status.

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