Posted on: 10 Feb 2019 Posted by: ppriad Comments: 0

Thesis Title: Gender Difference in Persistent Academic Possible Selves and Self-Esteem in University Student

Author Name: Fizzah Batool

Supervisor: Mujeeba Ashraf

Year: 2017

Degree: MSC

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The present study aimed to investigate the gender differences in persistent academic possible selves and self-esteem in university student. Between group research design was used and a sample of 176 students was recruited from different departments of Punjab University by using convenient sampling technique. The demographic form, Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965) and Persistent Academic Possible Selves Scale (Lee, 2015) was used to collect data. The Cronbach Alpha of all the scales above was estimated to check the reliability. Preliminary analysis showed that data appeared non-normative. Therefore, Mann-Whitney U test was used to assess the difference of self-esteem and persistent academic possible selves between male and female university students. The results revealed significant gender differences in persistent academic possible selves in university students. Also, females had higher persistent academic possible selves than males. Further, no significant gender differences were found on self-esteem in university students. Results were further discussed in terms of their implications and theoretical significance. This study will be helpful for university teachers and students. It will help them to understand the concept of persistent academic possible selves to enhance their personal growth, socialization and academic performance.


Gender difference, self-esteem, persistent academic possible selves.

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