ERIC Number: ED351619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Esteem and Anger among African-American Students.
Ryujin, Donald H.; Abitia, Fred B.
Self-esteem may be an issue for certain minority groups more than others. In particular, given their long and difficult history, this issue may be of more relevance to minorities of African-American descent. To assess whether renewed signs of racism at a college were negatively affecting the self-esteem of African-American students the Race Identity Attitude Scale (RIAS) was administered to 22 African-American college students and 35 Euro-American college students. While no intra-racial sex differences occurred, all cross-racial comparisons were highly significant. Relative to whites, blacks did not have lower self-esteem. Moreover, blacks were comfortable with their racial identity and did not evidence any racial self-hatred or self-denigration. Their significantly higher scores on the encounter and initialization scales of the RIAS indicates that while these students are encountering new racial experiences, they are able to comfortably incorporate these experiences into their self-concept. More interesting is the significantly higher score of African-American students on the immersion-emersion scale. The higher scores on this scale indicates the students' acceptance of, and interest in, their racial heritage. However, it also indicates anger. This anger may reflect students' response to the renewed racism on college campuses. Such racism is not causing blacks to reject their racial heritage, but is creating anger at those who question the legitimacy of minority students. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).