Israeli adolescents' self-image profile

Rachel Seginer, Hanoch Flum

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Seven hundred and seventy-two Jewish Israeli male and female high school students (aged 14-18) responded to a Hebrew version of the Offer Self-Image Questionnaire (OSIQ). Results show that, much like the American adolescents, the majority of the Israeli respondents are happy and well-adjusted, although a noticeable minority experiences some personal trouble. Gender and age differences show that males hold a more positive self-image than do females, and that age differences among males are larger than among females. Comparisons with the American norm sample indicate that the Israeli and American self-image profiles differ significantly on only three scales. Israelis report a higher impluse control, and lower morals and vocational and educational goals. These results are discussed in terms of ecological and cultural explanations, and the need for extending OSIQ research to additional sectors of Israeli society is noted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-472
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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