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Definition of Self-concept

(noun) The overarching cognitive framework that encompasses one’s various abilities, identities, and values.

Self-concept Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: self con·cept

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sElf-kAHn-sept/
  • British English – /self-kOn-sept/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /sɛlf-ˈkɑnsɛpt/
  • British English – /sɛlf-ˈkɒnsɛpt/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: self-concepts
  • Variant spelling: self concept

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Self-concept

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “self concept.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 17, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/self-concept/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

self concept. (2016). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/self-concept/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “self concept.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 17, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/self-concept/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“self concept.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 17 Apr. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/self-concept/>.