Graduate Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Supervisory Committee Chair

Al Milliren, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Terry J. Anderson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Peter Ienatsch, Ph.D.


This study investigated the hypothesis that female high-achievers possess lower self-esteem than their male counterparts at the high school level. This hypothesis was derived from an analysis of the self-esteem theory in relation to sex related roles and cultural norms. The hypothesis was tested using high school juniors and seniors, 37 male and 48 female students who were enrolled in Advanced Placement Honor classes at Odessa High School. Results showed that the females’ mean scores were considerably lower in each category of the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale. The results supported the hypothesis that in high school, high-achieving females have lower self-esteem than high-achieving males.


BF723.S3.W43 1994



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