Social–Cognitive Interplays of the Developing Self

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 23. Reviews the book, The Self-System: Developmental Changes between and within Self-Concepts by Annerieke Oosterwegel and Louis Oppenheimer (1993). In this book, Oosterwegel and Oppenheimer undertake an ambitious and muchneeded effort to: (a) longitudinally study key social-cognitive dynamics involved in shaping the developing self-concept and (b) devise an appropriate assessment procedure that is viable across age groups and self-aspects. The book stems from Oosterwegel's dissertation research and is an excellent model of carefully conceptualized work. It is a well-written and comprehensive synthesis of theoretical foundations, practical questions, and painstaking research. Oosterwegel and Oppenheimer propose a structure-oriented model of the self-system, building primarily on recent social-cognitive and information-processing formulations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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