The development of a measure of identity for indigenous Australian school students

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Albion, M. J. and Henschell, A.. 2008. "The development of a measure of identity for indigenous Australian school students." Mrowinski, Vicky and Voudouris, Nicholas (ed.) 43rd Annual Australian Psychological Society Conference (APS 2008): Psychology Leading Change. Hobart, Australia 23 - 27 Sep 2008 United Kingdom. Taylor & Francis.
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The development of a measure of identity for indigenous Australian school students

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsAlbion, M. J. (Author) and Henschell, A. (Author)
EditorsMrowinski, Vicky and Voudouris, Nicholas
Journal or Proceedings TitleAustralian Journal of Psychology
Journal Citation60 (1), pp. 108-108
Number of Pages1
Year2008
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0004-9530
1742-9536
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00049530802385558
Conference/Event43rd Annual Australian Psychological Society Conference (APS 2008): Psychology Leading Change
Event Details
43rd Annual Australian Psychological Society Conference (APS 2008): Psychology Leading Change
Parent
Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference
Event Date
23 to end of 27 Sep 2008
Event Location
Hobart, Australia
Abstract

Purdie, Tripcony, Boulton-Lewis, Fanshawe, and Gunstone (2000) suggest that poorer academic outcomes, lower education retention rates, and higher absenteeism of Indigenous students could be improved if they had more opportunity to experience success and develop positive perceptions about themselves as students. The aim of this study was to develop a valid and reliable measure of identity for Indigenous Australian school students. Challenges faced in the construction of the scale included the need to keep it short and simple for in-class use, and
the need to make it flexible enough to be used across all grade levels. Substantial evidence was found for the validity and reliability of the resulting 28 item scale, the Positive Identity Questionnaire (PIQ). The ability of the PIQ to measure nine self-concept dimensions provided evidence for the construct validity of this questionnaire. All components with four items or more were internally consistent for participants in grades 1 to 12. The PIQ demonstrated satisfactory test-retest reliability when calculated for all participants. However it was found that the PIQ may not be as valid or reliable for children in grades 1 to 3 as it is for children and adolescents in grades 4 to 12.

Keywordsidentity; self esteem; education; Australia; indigenous students
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
450299. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
441001. Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Psychology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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