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ERIC Number: ED033767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 6
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Effects of Social Reinforcement on Self-Esteem of Mexican-American Children. Long Abstract.
Firma, Thereza Penna
Mexican-American school children are handicapped by poor academic performance and low self-esteem. This study hypothesized that reinforcement and reward techniques used to promote self-esteem should include activities relevant to both Mexican and American cultures. Specific predictions were that (1) the most effective treatment would be reinforcement of achievement behavior using rewards acceptable to the Mexican community, (2) the second most effective treatment would be reinforcement of socioemotional behavior using non-Mexican rewards, and (3) the least effective treatment would be reinforcement of socioemotional behavior using Mexican rewards and reinforcement of achievement behavior using non-Mexican rewards. Subjects were 56 low achieving Mexican-American children, grades 1 to 4. Children were randomly assigned to treatment groups that stressed simple academic tasks, and rewards for selected behaviors. Results from pre- and posttesting on a variety of tests did not confirm specific predictions, but did support the general hypothesis of a bicultural approach to improve Mexican-American children's self-esteem. (DR)
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