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Oyserman et al., 2006: Reflecting on their future selves improved school behavior and performance among low-income eighth graders over two years

Reference:

Oyserman, D., Bybee, D., & Terry, K. (2006). Possible selves and academic outcomes: How and when possible selves impel action. Journal of personality and social psychology, 91(1), 188.
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Summary:

Predominantly African American inner city students in a high poverty middle school took part in an 11-session program delivered approximately twice weekly over 7 weeks to encourage children to imagine themselves as becoming more successful in school and becoming successful adults, to identify potential obstacles, to understand these as normal and not self-defining, and to identify strategies to overcome obstacles. As compared to a randomized control group this improved students’ standardized test scores and grades, and reduced depression, absences, and in-school misbehavior through a 2-year follow-up. A prior study using non-random assignment to condition found improvements in school bonding and attitudes, better self-reported attendance and, for boys, better reported behavior in school (Oyserman et al., 2002).

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Selves (My Own and Others')

Approach to Desired Meaning

What about it?

Changing self-identity

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Who could I become?Who could I become?

Psychological Question Addressed

Who could I become?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Who could I become?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018