2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Comparison and Discipline: The Threat to Students' Self-esteem in Chinese Schools
Man Liu
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study is to show how the school environment and how the way teachers interact with students affects students' self-esteem. In Chinese schools, two major factors hurt students' self-esteem and cause undue stress: being disciplined for poor performance in school work and being pressured because of comparison with students who have higher social status. This essay will illustrate how the vanity and pride of those who are economically and academically privileged negatively impacts the students whose academic performance is less stellar and whose social status is lower, thus causing them psychological and social harm.

Keywords: Self-esteem, Chinese schools, psychological harm


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -5
Location: MG 1000
Time: 9:00

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