Powerful and confident children through expansive body postures? A preregistered study of fourth graders

Faculty/Professorship: Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment  
Author(s): Körner, Robert  ; Schütz, Astrid  ; Köhler, Hannes
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2023
Pages: 315-330
Source/Other editions: School Psychology International, 41 (2020), 4, S. 315-330. - ISSN: 0143-0343
is version of: 10.1177/0143034320912306
Year of first publication: 2020
Language(s): English
Licence: German Act on Copyright 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-587079
Do expansive body postures increase self-esteem in children? Power posing is a popular but also controversial topic. Still, there has been no research on the possible effects in children. To investigate the influence of power posing in children, 108 German fourth graders were randomly assigned to a high versus a low power posing group. Self-esteem was self-reported; feelings were assessed indirectly. There was an effect of power posing on self-reported global and school self-esteem. Furthermore, children who had performed high power poses in comparison with those who had performed low power poses mentioned more positive feelings, higher power feelings, and a more positive student–teacher relationship. Results are interpreted with regard to the context and the cultural dependency of the power posing effect. Implications for school practice are addressed.
GND Keywords: Grundschulkind; Schuljahr 4; Haltung; Selbstwertgefühl
Keywords: power posing, school, self-esteem, embodiment, nonverbal behavior
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CQ 6400   
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/58707
Release Date: 30. March 2023

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