ERIC Number: ED045273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Self-Esteem of American Indian Youth; The Personal-Social Adjustment of American Indian Youth. National Study of American Indian Education, Series 3, No. 8, Final Report.
Dreyer, Philip H.; Havighurst, Robert J.
As a part of the Final Report of the National Study of American Indian Education, this study collected data from 2,007 Indian students (from 8 to 20 years of age) who attended public, mission, and Bureau of Indian Affairs' schools from Alaska to North Carolina using self-report questionnaires dealing with the Indian self-concept. The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of this study regarding the influences of age, sex, and minority status in school upon the self-concept of the various Indian groups studied. A comparison was made between Indian and non-Indian groups in an effort to answer questions on the uniqueness of the Indian groups within the larger society. The self-esteem and self-concept data from the study indicate that the great majority of Indian youth see themselves as fairly competent persons within their own social world but can be expected to show doubts about themselves in the non-Indian world. The study also concluded that the context within which an individual judges himself is critical to attaching meaning to his so-called "self-esteem" ratings and that self-concept must be studied more extensively before it is understood. Tables of statistics and a bibliography are appended. (EL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.
Note: Series 3, No. 8