ERIC Number: ED246169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-12
Reference Count: 0
Developing Positive Self Concepts in Black Youth via Positive Black Role Models. Educational Specialist Project.
Rhodes, Emma E.
In an investigation of why Black youth in the greater Little Rock area appear to have low self-concepts, l97 Black adults were interviewed. Interviewees included professionals and nonprofessionals and the employed and unemployed. The average age was 33. Approximately 60 percent agreed that the majority of Black youth have a poor self-concept. Reasons given for this, starting with the one cited most often, were lack of motivation, the fact that negative self-concepts are ingrained by society and the traditional Black background, lack of positive role models, lack of education or marketable skills, and poor economic conditions. Of the l97 interviewed, l67 though that the greatest responsibility for developing positive self-concept in Black youth lies in the home and that other institutions can do little to change self-concept if it is not fostered at home. Roughly three-fifths felt they were having a positive impact on local youth, but almost all felt that they should be doing more and expressed willingness to become involved in any pertinent programs. Seventy percent felt that a person's past influences his/her self-concept. Finally, 80 percent felt that being Black does not in itself cause poor self-concept. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Arkansas (Little Rock)