Self-Consciousness and Psychological Reactance in Adolescents

Thesis Title: Self-Consciousness and Psychological Reactance in Adolescents

Student Name: Sana Khalid

Supervisor: Faiz Younas

Degree: BS

Year: 2014-2018

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 investigated the relationship between self- consciousness and psychological reactance in adolescents. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between self- consciousness and psychological reactance in adolescents  while  self- consciousness (private self-consciousness, public self-consciousness, social anxiety) would predict psychological reactance in adolescents. Through cross-sectional  correlational research design, a sample of  (N  = 150) adolescents, including (n = 75 male and n = 75 female) were recruited by employing non-probability convenient sampling strategy from various academic institutions of Lahore namely Unique Group of Institutions, Iqra Science Academy, Stars Academy, Government College of Science, Lahore and Lahore College For Women University (LCWU). A self-constructed Demographics Information Sheet, Self-Consciousness Scale (Fenigstein, Scheier & Buss, 1975) and Hongs Psychological Reactance Scale (Hong, 1992) were used for assessment. Results were generated through SPSS version 16.0 by running Pearson product moment correlation and multiple regression analysis which showed that there was a significant positive relationship between self-consciousness and psychological reactance while only private self-consciousness and social anxiety were proved to be the significant predictors of psychological reactance in adolescents. This study has implications in the lives of adolescents as it focuses on those emotions, feelings and behaviors of adolescents that they experience in their daily lives.

Keywords:       Self-consciousness,       psychological       reactance, adolescents.

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