ERIC Number: ED048416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Black and White Identity Formation; Studies in the Psychosocial Development of Lower Socioeconomic Class Adolescent Boys. Series on Psychological Disorders.
Hauser, Stuart T.
This book, written for practicing psychiatrists and social workers, presents approaches to understanding the results of longitudinal studies of black and white adolescents. The author discusses various methods of investigation that he utilized; however, the body of the books concerns the question of identity formation in lower-class adolescents and its variation among blacks and whites. Two matched samples of youths were studied from the beginning to the end of their high school careers. The instrument used for measuring and characterizing their patterns of identity formation was a specially designed Q-sort. The longitudinal data supplied by this complex observational technique allowed for classification of variant modes of identity development. This data was then supplemented by material from multiple individual interviews. The results suggest distinct modes of identity formation for white and black boys. Using both qualitative and quantitative data, the author devotes several chapters to discussion of these results as well as their implications. (Author/JW)
Descriptors: Black Youth, Disadvantaged Youth, Identification (Psychology), Interviews, Longitudinal Studies, Lower Class Students, Youth Problems
John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 605 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016 ($9.95)
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