The Use of Piers-Harris 3 in Measuring Self-Concept in Children

By | 07/08/2018

The Piers-Harris 3 is a self-assessment given to children of all ages. The age range has expanded to ages 6-22, so it includes even those extending into adolescence and early adulthood. It helps identify how people feel about themselves and highlight areas where underlying issues might be affecting their behavior and social difficulties.

Piers-Harris 3 helps diagnose and classify ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other disorders. By diagnosing these disorders or identifying individuals at risk of these disorders, intervention can be monitored and planned to help improve an individual’s self-concept.

Uses of Piers-Harris 3

The Piers-Harris 3 can be used in schools, hospitals, clinics, community agencies, and other facilities dedicated to caring for children who need self-assessment. The results of the exam help professionals understand how children feel about themselves.

The results of the Piers-Harris 3 are used to help diagnose and classify various externalizing disorders like ADHD, internalizing disorders like anxiety or depression, learning disorders, eating disorders, and many others. It can also help identify individuals who are at risk for developing disorders like this.

Identifying individuals who have these disorders or individuals who are at risk for developing these disorders helps to develop treatment plans, prevent further depreciation of self-concept, and teach them to deal appropriately with bullying and other unfortunate social consequences.

The Piers-Harris 3 can also help professionals plan and monitor interventions that are designed to improve an individual’s self-concept. They can also use the results to facilitate research efforts, conduct program evaluations, and enhance treatment outcome studies.

If these disorders are diagnosed and treated early enough, a child can learn strategies for how to navigate difficult social situations and improve their confidence. With improved confidence and self-concept, children can make friends, behave appropriately at home and school, and achieve significantly more than they would have been able to otherwise.

Standards of Practice:

Only professionals with relevant training, knowledge, or experience in the basic principles of psychological and educational assessment, test interpretation, and self-concept are qualified to use and evaluate respondents of the Piers-Harris 3.

The Piers-Harris 3 publisher authorizes individuals to purchase the assessment materials based on state-specific regulations regarding experience and education or the experience and education of the purchaser’s direct supervisor.

Institutional purchasers like school districts can purchase the assessment materials with the expectation that only qualified individuals will be using it. As always, every user should operate within the appropriate legal and ethical guidelines of their specific job or practice.

Users must determine their own competence by familiarizing themselves with the assessment’s principles of use and its intended scope of use. Always read the manual and review the form before proceeding. The Piers-Harris 3 should never be used independently to diagnose or treat a patient, but can be used in conjunction with other assessments and factual data.

For more information on how the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale, Third Edition can be used in concert with other assessments and data to help diagnose and treat children, teens, and young adults, visit WPS.